Check out our new website! It has been reorganized and a completely new feel, see for yourself and check it out! We are also going to be at the winter market in not only Corvallis, but also in McMinnville. The Corvallis winter market will be located in Guerber Hall at the fairgrounds, starting on January 16,2010. The market will be happening for every Saturday after that, from 9am to 1pm. The McMinnville farmers market has already begun and is every Saturday from 9am to 3pm. Our Farm office is open on Mondays from 9am to 12pm. If you are wanting to come by on another day just give us a phone call to set up an appointment.
The end of berry season is drawing near. It has been two months since we opened our farm stand with fresh berries, out lasting other blueberry farms in the area. We will be closing the farm stand on Saturday, August 29, 2009. It is fair to say that we have had more U-Pickers this year than any other year. Along with the fresh farm stand closing we are also wrapping up our frozen market berries. This means that we wont be open every day. We will be open 9am-12pm on Mondays, and by appointment.
We thank everyone who has bought berries from us this year, and in years past, and are looking forward to seeing you next season.
~Sunset Valley Team~
<p><span style=";font-family:Trebuchet MS;font-size:85%;" >When buying blueberries, first check to see that the berries aren't hard, purple (as opposed to blue) which will indicate they were picked before they were ripe, and be sure to see that they're not moldy. Fresh, ripe blueberries should not be hard to the touch, but should be firm with just a little bit of give, and a lovely, brushed blue color. This indicates that they are picked at the peak of ripeness.<br />
</span></p><p><span style=";font-family:Trebuchet MS;font-size:85%;" > The wonderful nutrients in blueberries are best sustained by keeping them cool, so purchase from a refrigerated section in the market and put them in your own fridge as soon as you get them home, and keep them there when you're not eating them. (Better yet, pick them ripe, and then put as many in your mouth as you put in a pail.) And never wash a blueberry until you are ready to use them.<br />
</span></p><p><span style=";font-family:Trebuchet MS;font-size:85%;" >You can freeze your own fresh blueberries. Do not wash them, but put them straight on a cookie sheet straight into the freezer. Once frozen, you can put them in a plastic freezer bag. You don't need to defrost blueberries to use them in baking, but if you need to, it's best to thaw slowly in the refrigerator and drain well if you are using them uncooked. </span></p>