This heat is madness!!!
The week has been one of the hottest we have experienced in a long time, by 8:30 this morning it was already 28 degrees!!! We are trying to get more irrigation pipe down into the fields, and this heat makes it very unpleasant for us to spend long hours down there, but we deal with it. The farmer says that it felt like all the moisture was being sucked out of him and if it was possible, there would be dried strawberries to pick this weekend... ...and then we had just enough rain this afternoon to make everything a little dusty and dirty, what an anti-climax! We watched with anticipation as the storm clouds built and rolled in, the wind had some of our big trees bending and swaying, quite a thing of beauty that!
The fields are looking fantastic for picking this weekend, the heat isn't helping much, but we are pumping water like mad to ensure our delicious berries keep producing. I think a few of the fields staff appreciate the cool spray during the sweltering hours!
We are closed tomorrow for picking, just to make sure we have enough for this coming weekend. We have had quite a turn out this week, better than we anticipated. We will consider being open at some point during the December holidays too, strawberries permitting.
Please folks, this weekend, make sure you bring sun cream, a hat and a water bottle when you come to pick. The weatherman says its gonna be hot, and we don't want people dehydrating down in the fields. We do sell water, in bottles, and if you take them down to the fields, you are more than welcome to refill the bottles from the taps down there. Our water is good, and it tastes much better than that of the city, plus it doesn't come from the dam down the road...
See you at The Strawberry Farm this weekend!!! Come through early, even if it is just to beat the heat!!!
We open at 7:30am!