Long farms boast successful U-Pick season this summer

Published 4:26 pm Friday, July 6, 2018

Long Farms will end its spring season on a high note next week. Their spring season has been quite the success after white flies attacked most of the crops in the fall.

Justin Long of Long Farms said this season they saw more walk up customers than usual and have had different Facebook mom groups visit the farm and pick with their children and friends.

They saw most customers pick tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and peas. People loved the fact they could stock up on fresh produce and save it for various meals throughout the summer. Customers found it to be a cheaper alternative than the grocery store.

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One of the great things about picking at Long Farms is the ability to mix and match produce and fill up a five gallon bucket for $9. Customers can pick any amount of produce they want and any produce they want, with the exception of cantaloupe and watermelon.

For elderly customers or customers who may not have time to pick their own individual crops, the farm allowed them to pre-order online at limited times. Customers especially love the ability to do this during the fall, when Long Farms has their peas and butterbeans available.

Long plans to possibly expand on items next spring. He is already looking into planting strawberries, onions, blackberries and blueberries. He may look into planting kale again, depending on how customers respond.

While looking to the future, Long has already started gearing up for the 65 acres of planting he will do this fall. He plans to have peas, sweet potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, turnips, mustards and collards available to all.

In addition to that, Long planted sunflowers this spring for his daughter to take pictures in and found that many residents enjoyed taking photos with them as well. He plans to plant another sunflower field for people to photograph in this fall.

Long wants to remind people he also sells beef. The cattle are local born and fed, but he does not process the meat. It is sent off, where it is vacuum packed and weighed for the cut.

Next week will be the final week for customers to buy spring produce, depending on the weather. Long said he still has plenty of vine ripe tomatoes, peaches, free stone cantaloupes, butterbeans and peas.

He thanks everyone who has helped make this spring season a success and invites everyone to come out and enjoy one last batch of produce before they close up Tuesday or Wednesday.

“God was really good to us this year,” Long concluded.