Hello from the Patch,
We have started our early spring maintenance, pruning and cleaning up the leaves and other debris.
We can only tell you, with a very heavy heart, that the early springlike weather and then the hard freeze we had, has done severe damage to the buds of our bushes. We probably will sustain at least 80% loss, if not more, of our crop. We really don't know if we will even be able to open the Patch for picking.
With the loss we had last season, about 50%, due to a similar weather pattern, and the near total loss this year, we have some decisions to make as to whether we will and can afford to keep the operation going.
We will continue to keep you posted as to when and if we will open the Patch this summer.
We have and always will appreciate your past business and support.
Richard and Janet Slakman
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Deer Haven blueberry patch was planted in the spring of 2011. We are located in Carroll County in southwest Virginia on 15 acres of rural mountain land. Our patch was developed on one acre of that land and was planted with 985 two year old plants that consist of five varieties: Duke, Patriot, Blueray, Bluecrop and Nelson. These varieties are known to produce large, juicy and sweet berries. We nurtured our babies for the first two years, mulching, weeding, irrigating, and pulling blooms to defeat fruiting and ensure a strong root system going forward. We opened the field for picking in 2013. Our picking season is expected to start in mid-June and run through early August.
It is recommended that you call us at 276-730-4047 prior to driving up to check on availability and picking times.
We would also ask that you register on our Contact Form page, so we can email you updates on the field. We will email coupons to those that do.
We also recommend that you have a hat, sunscreen and closed toe shoes when you come.
We have containers for you to use or you can bring your own.
We look forward to seeing and meeting you at our patch.
118 Raven Ridge
Hiwassee, VA 24347
Hours: Thursday thru Saturday 8am to 4pm
Other times by appointment. The Patch is closed on Mondays.