We will be offering a fruit share in conjunction with Briermere Farms this season! Our own strawberries, raspberries, melons, etc would still be part of
the regular HOG share.
Briermere Farms is located in Aquebogue and is NOT organic. Although Briermere Farms is not certified organic, some of their crops, including raspberries, blueberries and blackberries are grown in a way which would fulfill the organic standards. Long Island is a difficult region for tree fruit production because of the high humidity levels which contribute to fungus disease pressure, and can decimate fruit quality (and sometimes the whole tree). At Briermere Farms, insecticides and fungicides are used only when needed to produce marketable fruit. The tree fruit is sprayed with 1 or 2 synthetic insecticides and fungicides at some point typically earlier in the season. No herbicides are used underneath the trees, and on-farm produced compost from leaves is the only fertilizer/nutrient source for their fruit crops.
Shares will have 2 items of Briermere fruit each week. Fruit Shares are available at all pickup sites and days. The share will be $10/week for 19 weeks.
The share could include: rhubarb, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, plums, apples, pears, blackberries, boysenberries, currants, gooseberries, and other surprises and will have 2 items per week, about 6-8# total each week.
Fruit shares usually come in 2 containers. Sometimes a bag of apples and a bag of peaches, or a pint of gooseberries and a half pint of raspberries. Gooseberries, currants,and blueberries come in pints. Raspberries and blackberries come in half pints. Apples, peaches and pears come 3.5 to 4 lbs per bag. Plums, apricots, and ufo peaches come 2.5 to 3lbs per bag. There may be weeks when there is only a half share, only one bag of fruit or one container of berries, but that will be evened up later on with a week of three bags. That may be apples peaches and pears in September.