Friday, August 18, 2017

Veteran Peaches

Sauvie Island Farms Veteran peaches will open on Saturday, August 19.
These peaches have ripen quicker than we thought they would, and they are ready to be picked.
The Rosa peaches are all picked out, we do have a few Hale-Haven peaches on the trees waiting to be picked.  We are open 8am-7pm.  
We will also be open as usual on Monday, August 21.
You are welcome to come out and view the sky from our farm fields.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Peaches

Yep, it's happened--the ROSA peaches have ripen so quickly that many have dropped off the trees and are on the ground.  Good news is that there are still beautiful, sweet peaches on the trees.  These need to be picked quickly.

We will have both Hale- Haven and Rosa peaches for you to pick
for the rest of this week.
The u-pick price is $1.50 per lb, $1.25 if you pick over 15 lbs
and $1.00 per lb if you pick over 50 lbs.
You can also pick the 'windfalls' off the ground for only 75 cents per lb.

At the farm this week, we have Bodacious Sweet Corn 4/$1.  Green Beans and Pickling cucumbers for you to pick, $1.00 per lb, over 15 lbs the price is 75 cents per lb.  Also cabbage, kale, zucchini, yellow raspberries, Chester blackberries and the end of the season Blueberries.

Our u-cut dahlias suffered from the cold, frozen winter, wet spring and then the hot temperatures this past couple of months.  We do not have as many blooms as other years but some dahlias are ready to be cut. The zinnias, cosmos, amaranths, marigolds, and sunflowers are blooming and also ready to be cut.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August on the farm

August is here and so are the RED HAVEN PEACHES  


It's time to pick sweet tree ripened peaches.  
We are opening the orchard on Thursday, August 3.


The Red Havens are an excellent fresh eating, canning and freezing peach.
They are classified a freestone, which means they are suppose to come off the pit easily.  If they are really ripe, they do come off nicely, but they can be a bit sticky sometimes.  Many people love the flavor and color of this peach, and it is worth the little bit of effort to get them into their canning jars or freezer bags.


Red Havens are for u-pick at $1.50 per lb, with discounts for large quantities.

We know it's hot this week and next, so come prepared with lots of water and sunscreen.


We are also picking:
Blue Crop and Liberty Blueberries
Saanich Raspberries - end of the season
Marionberries - more will ripen by next week


Pickling cukes
Green Beans
Zucchini
Cabbage
Kale
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Flowers



Friday, July 14, 2017

Berries...

Sauvie Island Farms 
has lots of  berries to be harvested this week.
Red Raspberries-Tulameen, Saanich and Coho
Yellow Raspberries
Marionberries
Blueberries-Blue Crop

A few veggies are now ready:  Kale, Cabbage, Zucchini & Peas
and a variety of flowers are blooming in the u-cut flower garden.

We are waiting patiently for the first peach to ripen this season. 
The Early Red Havens have color on them, but they are still small and firm.
Check back in another week.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sauvie Island Farms History

Some history…..
Sauvie Island Farms was established in 1966 by Jerry and Carol Egger, who started the first u-pick strawberries on Sauvie Island.
Jerry bought this farm from Carol’s father, Carl Keller, who had a dairy and turkey farm and also grew potatoes. 

Jerry and Carol grew pole beans, cucumbers & cabbage for Steinfeld's, sweet corn and other row crops and berries. They planted the peach orchard in 1975. 
For many years, Carol ran the u-pick business from the driveway of their home, especially when it was peach season.
Carol was the bookkeeper for the farm. Jerry and Carol’s four children worked on the farm in the u-pick and operating equipment.  Their son David became partners with his dad in 1984.  Jerry and Carol retired at the end of 1994, with David buying the farm from them beginning in 1995.  Jerry was also partners with his sister and brother in law at Sauvie Island Farms Market, which is now Krugers Farm Market.  Jerry loved to hunt ducks, geese and deer on this property, and he spent many of his retirement years operating tractors for David.


2017….
May 19, 2017 Carol was admitted to the hospital after having a few dizzy spells.  She was diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic cancer, lived two more weeks, and passed away June 3, 2017.  This was an unexpected and sudden loss for our family.

June 14, 2017   Jerry was admitted to hospital with congestive heart failure, an ailment he has been dealing with for several years.  He passed away on June 20, 2017……just 17 days after his beloved Carol.  We believe he died from a ‘broken heart’. 

Jerry and Carol were married 60 years.  Partners in the farm business, partners in loving and supporting their 4 children & spouses, 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandsons, partners in life…and now death. 
Our family is reeling from the past 6 weeks of hospital stays, dealing with all that goes with end of life, and now the missing hole of losing both parents so quickly.

We are a family farm….many family members work here.  We are grieving this sudden loss of both parents.  We had put aside our farming duties...planting…weeding…mowing…to spend time with them during their last days. 

If things look different around the farm this year, it’s because things are different.

We are sad, we are adjusting to a new normal, and are mourning while trying to move on.  It has just been a week since Grandpa has been gone.

Jerry and Carol lived an idyllic life on Sauvie Island. They lived with integrity, faith, love and hope.
We, their children, will attempt to continue their legacy……
thank you for your patience and understanding, as we try to get back to work.


If you knew Jerry and Carol and would like to share a memory of them with the family, you can send an email to:  jcegger@live.com


Pick Your Own available this week:
Early Blue Blueberries
Tulameen and Saanich Raspberries
Yellow Raspberries
Cabbage & Kale
U-cut Flowers:  Shasta Daisies, Hydrangea, Lavender, Lilies, Baby's Breath.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

2017 Strawberries


Sauvie Island Farms will open for u-pick Strawberries on Thursday, June 8, 2017.
We have Hoods and Shuksans ripe and ready to pick.
We are open Monday-Saturday 8am-7pm.  Closed on Sunday.


Also the peonies are blooming.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Spring 2017 at Sauvie Island Farms

Around the farm this spring:
lots of standing water in the fields
tractors parked...not working...too wet
raspberries pruned and tied
blueberries blooming
peach trees blooming
strawberries blooming


2016 we started to pick strawberries on May 21st.
This year the strawberries are just blooming, 
 we should have ripe berries  in the next 3-4 weeks.
We will update our facebook page, website and this blog 
when we have an opening date for strawberry picking.

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