SPRING IS HERE, AND RED!!!
After watching and worrying through ice, snow and late frost, the warmer temperatures have ripened the berries quickly, and beautifully. The patch is full of row after row of plump, juicy, red, warm berries begging to be picked. (too many adjectives, but there is something about spring that makes even non-poets wax rapzodically...)
So, the strawberry patch will open this Wednesday & Thursday for afternoon/evening picking, beginning at 4:00pm - 7:00.
We will close Friday and let it rest...
Saturday, we will be open all day, from 8:30am - 6:00pm.
Presently, we plan to be open posted hours. We are a small farm, so please check this website or Facebook (Drewry Farms Blueberries) for the status before coming. At times we can be picked out!
Sundays, we are closed. Beginning May 13th, we will open Wednesday, Friday & Saturday. (after all it's a farm for goodness sake, not a grocery store :))).
Our berries are grown using all natural methods. We planted each and every one of the 13,000 plants by hand. We pruned each one to cut down on disease issues. We covered and uncovered the patch twice. Later, we hand weeded the plants with hired labor.
We charge by the 2-quart basket, $8.00.
Stay posted for updates on openings and closings, and thank you so much for supporting small, environmentally sustainable farms.
Our specialty, Artisian pork breed, the Mangalista, continues to grow. 10 sows and a boar arrived from Sonoma Valley in October and we have 2 new litters of babies from our Mangalistas, added last winter. New pens in the fields and woods have been built, and we have begun construction on a farrowing barn for the mothers. Look for this to grow as we work to provide artisan, heritage, healthy pork for connoisseurs.
Thanks to all who came out and enjoyed a day on the farm. Our next event, open to the public, will be a farm to table dinner later in the fall. An admission fee will cover the cost of our chef, highest standard meat and other gourmet fall farm food. More details to come...
FARM DAY, August 23rd!
Come celebrate the bounty of summer with us. This includes the roll-out of our new chicken coop and all things chicken. Sharon McCalester will be on hand to answer your chicken questions. We will also have Regina Brayboy from Coastal Pies to share samples of her tomato pies, and Kaia Murnion with all kinds of healthy baked goods. Michael will be grilling sausage and sharing samples of our pasture raised beef and pork, and we will have plenty of watermelons & cantaloupes on hand to sample and buy. (we may also be giving tours!)
August 6, 2014
WATERMELONS, CANTALOUPES & MEAT, oh my!
Tis the season and we have a bounty of melons & meat grown using organic methods!!!
We are planning all kinds of farm activities for our 1st FARM DAY, including tours and all things celebratory on the farm. What are we celebrating? The bounty of the season and the beginning of the end of summer. Please check back as we add details about the celebration, and plan to bring family & friends to enjoy the farm, and to support your local, small, diverse farm. We need you.
ALSO, we have non-GMO, humanely and naturally raised pork & beef shares available. Email us at email@example.com for cut and price information, and to reserve your share!
We are currently closed for berry picking.
July 24, 2014
This Saturday at the blueberry patch we will have something really special, in addition to blueberries. Ag Bee, a local, small all natural honey business has been using Drewry Farms to raise their bees. Saturday morning they are setting up an observation hive at the patch AND will be selling the honey produced from their bees and our diverse farm. Bring any children in your life, Jennie & Chris will be on hand to answer all your bee and colony questions. Bees are a critical link in our ecosystem. ALSO, Mama Joan Drewry will have a very limited supply of her homemade blueberry jam for sale. IF THE WEATHER GODS COOPERATE, we MIGHT have some sweet corn, cantaloupes & watermelons for sale as well! Farmer Mike will make the ripeness call on Friday, then we will post. LOOKING AHEAD, next Saturday, will be all about blueberries, the new chicken coop and the selected name, melons and Drewry Farms sausage, including free samples...
BLACKBERRIES ARE AMAZING!
We will be open this Wednesday & Saturday, June 25th and 28th for blackberries, some early blueberries & a few raspberries. We will be open from 8:00am - 7pm.
March 10, 2014
We produced a video on sausage making! If you want to know why we are doing this, please watch.
November 22, 2013
I am juicing nearly every day forever using the greens out of the patch. Please come
pick, we charge between 2 and 3 dollars for a bag full, so leave whatever you feel is fair,
can't begin to tell you how much we appreciate your support of small, local farms.
I wrote this to someone signing up for meat shares and realized I meant it for all who might read this site. The consumers always decide, we vote with our money.
On the new meat shares; the meat will be ready the week of December 16, both the pork and beef. We are asking everyone who has contacted us and said they want it for a 50.00 deposit to hold your order, I think we will sell all the shares from this initial offering. After 5 years of transitioning to organics and sustainable practices we are excited to be offering quality choices.
November 15, 2013
Introducing our Drewry Farms bulk meat offering! Grass-fed, pasture raised and non-GMO grains have fattened our animals over the past 2 years. All the meat we are offering is from 1 source, Drewry Farms of course and naturally grown. We are selling the meat as shares of a cow or hog, in 1/8's, however those with a huge carnivore habit you may have more. Our freezers are full, but there is a limited supply, so it's first come, first served...click on our meat shares tab for more information.
Literally, Drewry Farms is growing by leaps and bounds. Again this fall we planted 12,000 strawberry plants. We grew fall produce and are open for you pick greens, including collards, mustard, creasy, and of course kale. Additionally we have broccoli and cabbage! Come pick while it last...
August 7, 2013
Announcing our newest offering...non-GMO sweet corn!
Grown without chemicals and pesticides (each ear sports 1 worm to prove it), this is also the same corn we use in our chicken, hog and cow feed. For the next few weeks, stop by the farm and pick up the best sweet corn in Virginia! And for all you city folk, don't
worry about the worm. It is proof we aren't spraying. It is found at the head of the corn, so pop the top off and it looks just like the corn you buy in the store :).
Do something good for your body. Soon, we will be preparing several hogs and cows for sell. Grazing on our pristine grasses and foraging in the woods, we use very little
feed. But when we do, there are NO genetically modified products in their
diet. Selling them in 1/8's, we invite you to fill your freezer with some of the healthiest meat this side of the Mississippi! Put your orders in now, this meat goes quickly...call 757-899-3636 or email Michael_Drewry@yahoo.com.
July 12, 2013
We have been picking early blueberries for several weeks. Now the later varieties of blueberries are starting to ripen. We hope to have them for picking until late August... but will depend on the weather. As for blackberries, our early varieties are near the end of picking with a few left. We are waiting for the midseason varieties to turn black and sweet. Raspberries may be near the end of the season. The recent rains have not assisted... will have to see what the coming week brings weatherwise.
June 28, 2013
We are now picking raspberries, blackberries and blueberries.
June 15, 2013
We are still picking strawberries even after 10 inches of rain last week. There are still blooms and small berries on the plants... so picking should still be available for a couple more weeks. As for raspberries and blackberries... we have started picking for our Farmers Markets but have not opened the patch for u-pick yet. We anticipate doing so on June 21... and will post the opening on this website!
May 29th, 2013
The Smithfield Farmer's Market is where you will find us most Saturday mornings if you want to buy strawberries already picked. We are also selling our eggs, pork and beef raised in one of our green pastures or woodland pens and fed grass and non-GMO grain. We are, from the source, making it as pure and healthy as is humanly possible. On that vein, Michael started the day today planting row after row of unusual, heritage corn that did not come from Monsanto. Planting several varieties, our most popular last year in late fall was the beautiful red "Bloody Butcher" & "Blue", and this year he added a variety of green & gold corn just for fun. On the berry side of the farm, the blueberry bushes are chock full of the prettiest round berries that in less than a month will ripen to the sweetest blueberries south of Maine! The raspberries are coming along nicely and people are calling the farm asking when will they be ready. The blackberry bushes are full of the delicate white flower blooms which look like they might yield a bumper crop, we have our fingers crossed. Lastly, we are preparing to plant hundreds of watermelon and cantaloupe seedlings along with a nice variety of summer vegetables. We will post as soon as we have produce, in the meantime contact us if you are interested in purchasing 1/8 of a cow or hog. Go in with a neighbor and you will have a nice supply of the cleanest, healthiest meat AND you will feel comfortable you know the source. Come visit the farm!
April 30, 2013
We have opened the Strawberry Patch for picking! Come on out and enjoy clean fields full of delicious strawberries. Grown without chemicals... eat a few while you pick... enjoy at home without having to worry about washing them... they are healthy and chemical free!
April 20, 2013
Really? Has it been that long? We are knee deep in farm news so I will try to be brief. Planning is well underway for the Blueberry Jam 2013 and do we have an expanded festival! Visit our festival tab for more information, and don't forget about our facebook page. In other news, the farm continues to add new and exciting plants and animals. Strawberries, raspberries and more blackberries make us an inclusive berry farm. Thousands have been added, literally. To protect our delicate and healthy crop we also added an brand spanking new irrigation system! The farm looked like a construction site for a while but it has been worth it. The new orchards are beautiful and green and we can't wait to start having visitors to the farm. And when you get here, in addition to the berries, you might see all the baby calves born this spring. Belted Galloways and Angus calves are running in the pastures with abandon. Don't you love Spring? We also bought a small herd of Berkshire hogs, so now we are offering non-GMO, pasture fed and free-range pork and beef. Michael brought home 50 new baby chicks to add to our 30 adults, expanding our egg production greatly. And if you haven't tasted fresh farm eggs, then you don't know what you are missing...come out and support our small, local farm!
July 11, 2012
Wow, Blueberry Jam Festival 2012 is done and now can focus on picking! If you did not attend the festival, check out pictures on tab... with more to come soon! We have picked spring raspberries, now picking blackberries and blueberries. Should be picking blueberries until late August! Hope to see you at the patch!
September 1, 2011
Hurricane blow remaining berries into next county... and uprooted some bushes too! No complaints, just sad picking season is now really over! Thanks to all who visited and picked berries at our berry farm! Hope to see you again next season.
August 23, 2011
We have reached the end of blueberry season... how sad... but there are still berries in the patch which you may harvest for free until gone! So please come, enjoy the wonderful end of summer weather and pick remaining berries! I will be doing so myself as my son just reminded me that we need some in the freezer too! We have new plantings of raspberries and blackberries that we hope will provide berries next season. Thanks to everyone who has supported our local growing of berries!
August 15, 2011
It is mid-August and we are in the last weeks of blueberry picking! There are still berries in the back half of the patch where many pickers do not explore and some green berries ready to ripen. With 2.5 inches of rain over the weekend to assist with ripening, the patch should be open through August 27th! Come pick while we still have berries!
August 4, 2011
It is the dog days of summer but blueberry plants are still producing. We are at the hit of melon season - watermelons, cantalopes, and also peaches and butterbeans! Come enjoy the tranquility of country living and take home healthy, flavorful treats for your family!
July 14, 2011
More rain this week has later maturing blueberries starting to ripen. Our farm should have berries for picking until late August. Vegetables, and melons are also ripening. Come visit and enjoy the natural, seasonal flavors of summer on our farm!
July 1, 2011
Storms brought much needed rain to the farm this week. The berries are loving the moist soils and giving us plump, sweet berries. Other vegetables and melons are close to being ready on the farm. A local farmer is now bringing produce to the patch and currently has available - green beans (snaps as we locals call them), tomatoes, Carolina peaches, potatoes, and cantalopes. Come enjoy the natural flavors of the summer! Happy Fouth of July Weekend!
June 23, 2011
We will begin the blueberry picking season on June 25, 2011 and should be picking until late August depending on the weather. Price this year will be for U-Pick berries $1.50 pint; and for already picked berries $2.50 pint. Our hours will be 7:00 am until 7:00 pm. We did plant several new varieties of raspberries, blackberries and blueberries that will be ready for picking in the years ahead. Come view our growth and let us know what you would like us to plant in the years ahead!
November 26th, 2010
We are excited about our coming expansion, starting in 2011. We will be expanding our blueberry plantings, will be setting out new plantings of blackberries, and adding raspberries to our orchard. Come watch our farm grow!