Blueberry Season Begins at Winney’s Farm

w1We took a drive out to Winney’s Farm and ran into Byron Winney, whose family has been cultivating these 40 acres in Schuylerville, NY since the 1700s.

There are rows upon rows of blueberry bushes  that will be producing for weeks to come, usually until late August. But the biggest treat of the farm is definitely talking to Byron.

Friendly and outgoing, he will share his favorite varieties (Brigitta, Arlen and Aurora), talk about his challenges of growing berries, and share a history lesson about the Dutch families that settled here so long ago.

Birders will enjoy seeing the orioles, which were fluttering about this afternoon. It’s a good year for them, Byron said.

You can pick your own here or buy pre-picked berries. Whichever you choose make sure to walk about, it’s a lovely spot.

In addition to the blueberries, I spotted milkweed. If you see this plant take a whiff of the flower. It is one of my favorite fragrances.


Berries for another visit.


Guardian of the Pitney Meadows Community Farm

Screen Shot 2018-08-06 at 8.11.51 PMA beautiful red-tailed hawk flew by me as I walked toward the Gardener’s shed at sunset tonight.  The raptor glided to the top of the silo.

Graceful and silent.

It looked down towards me when I paused to take him in and then went on with his business.  I could hear its talons on the metal roof as it moved about getting a view of the farm’s fields to the east and west.

Was it looking for tasty morsel? Possibly.

If so, I left before dinner was served.