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    What do farmers do in the winter?

    It’s been several months since I’ve updated the Mayberry Farms blog, which now has a brand new look and focus. I am moving from a strictly farm focused blog to a broader range of topics. After all, my family and I are, no different than any other family. We share the same joys and struggles in life from raising our children, what meals to plan for during the week, ya know, the general “adulting” topics. If this is your first time reading the blog, welcome! I hope you enjoy getting a backstage pass into my life as I raise a family on a strawberry farm. On this episode, I’m going…

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    Preparing for harvest & a new baby!

    It is September 22, the first day of autumn, the leaves on the trees are beginning to change color, so are the colors of the corn and soybean fields you see in rural Wisconsin. Today is also Baby #2’s due date…Oh yeah, and it’s 84 degrees outside and we have the air conditioning running… Although we had our big harvest (strawberry picking) in mid June, we’re getting ready to harvest almost 40 acres of soybeans here at Mayberry Farms in about one week. The way this farm has been setup throughout the past 40 years is with small (ranging from about ~3-6 acre) fields across the 60 acre farmstead. This…

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    What happens to the strawberries?

    At the end of the strawberry picking season, a lot of people asked us, “so what happens to the berries after you’re closed for the season?” Well, if you’ve ever wondered that same thing keep reading this blog post… First things first, celebrate. Since our son’s birthday is July 6th and he turned 2, we threw him a party, then we celebrated the 4th of July by entering the Mayberry Express in the Knowles Parade and THEN we celebrated the success of our season by taking a short 2 day family vacation up to Door County. (Goodbye strawberry season, hello cherry season!) When we returned there was a lot of…

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    2017 Strawberry Season Recap

    Well now that we’ve completed our first strawberry season, (and we’ve somewhat managed to catch our breath) it’s about time we publish a recap on how the season went. Those of you who visited the farm or who live in the area, know that this spring/summer have been wet. Many local farmers struggled to put their corn or soybean crop in the ground only to watch it continue to struggle to get proper nutrients and develop a sufficient root structure. We were able to get in our soybeans, sweet corn and strawberries that will be in production next year so on that note, how DID strawberry harvest go? We opened one…

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    Crop report

    It’s hard to believe we’re almost to mid-June! That means, strawberry harvest is literally right around the corner since we’re planning to be opening next week. In the past week we’ve been checking the berries every day. We know our customers are anxious to pick the freshest, most delicious sweet strawberries, because we are too! Since the spring started off strong, then was mostly wet and cold during the month of May, June’s heat is welcomed by all, including the berries. With ample moisture in the ground, (thank you 1.5″ of rain last Saturday, June 3) the berries are moving along nicely.  The weekend heat should help push them along…

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    Farm Life 101

    On May 24, we signed the papers to sell our home and about 30 minutes later signed the papers to purchase the farm. It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, to say the least, since then. My husband and I continue to work our off the farm jobs along with preparing for the upcoming strawberry season and moving into the house on the farm. What have we been up to in those last 10 days as we prepare for strawberry season which will be upon us in another 10 days? Well… The lawns have to be mowed constantly, our house, and the parking area for customers. The 8 acres of…

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    Field Report: #Plant17

    Spring is always a busy time for farmers. It’s a race and a bit of a game versus Mother Nature to see when you can put your crop in the ground. For Mayberry Farms, the beginning of spring means uncovering strawberry plants. Over the winter, the plants have been protected by a thick blanket of straw. The first week in April, we grabbed our rakes and took to the fields to uncover the plants that will provide this years crop. Between the four of us, the current owners Wayne and Cindy Zastrow, Tim and myself, we uncovered five acres in one weekend. Once the berries are uncovered they will begin…

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    Buying the farm

    In September of 2016 I went to Japan for a week with my mom. When I returned, Tim told me that he had found a farm and we could go look at it this weekend. He continued to tell me that it was a strawberry farm. Initially I thought, what? Are you crazy? Then we went and visited it. Ever since then I couldn’t stop thinking about the possibilities. We eventually put it off the table (not out of our minds) because Tim worked in the opposite direction. Soon that would change and all of a sudden, the hope returned. March 4th, 2017 we took a trip to the farm…