Lockbriar Farm grows as many as 10 different varieties of STRAWBERRIES in any given year. By growing early, mid, and late season berries, we can cover most of the growing season.
We generally split our strawberry production with U-pick on the road frontage where we had pumpkins in the past. When the strawberries are finished we will again plant pumpkins in this field. We harvest strawberries for retail off of 3 acres we plant at our leased farm. We cannot allow U-pickers here for insurance reasons and at the request of the property owners.
P.S. Tell all of your friends so they too can enjoy the big, sweet, juicy, red strawberries at Lockbriar Farms.
We have 7 different varieties of blueberries (give or take), covering the growing season from late June thru September. Everybody loves blueberries, and it is no wonder, with their GREAT taste and health benefits with high vitamins and antioxydants.
We also offer U-pick blueberries. As you may or may not know, it takes 3 years to grow a blueberry bush that will produce fruit. We always look forward to a good crop!
BLACKBERRIES & RASPBERRIES
We have multiple varieties in our blackberry and raspberry “patches”. We have a section of Kiowa which is one of most popular varieties because of their size and will continue to introduce new berries as they are tested.
There will be plenty of fruit for all of our U-pickers this season. Each variety has it’s own taste so be sure to try them all. Kiowa, Chicasaw, Arapaho are just a few of our Indian varieties. We mark the rows with the name of each variety so you’ll know exactly what you’re picking and eating!
GOOSEBERRIES, CURRANTS, AND ELDERBERRIES
We grow these berries as minor crops in order to provide a little diversity in taste, and also to give people a chance to try something different. These berries were growing here in great numbers during the early 1800’s. They are still grown widely in England and throughout Europe. The currants are used in juices and many people drink their juice instead of orange juice because of the high Vitamin C content. Currants also make great sauces for wild game dishes.
PEACHES AND NECTARINES
We have over 29! varieties of peaches and nectarines here, at Lockbriar Farms. Starting around the 1st of June with “Spring Snow” which is a very large, dark red skinned white peach that is very sweet. Just ask those who picked this variety last season. Sentry is our first yellow peach that came into season in 2010. Other varieties during the summer include the great canning peach, Loring and we finish our season with Snow Giant in October.
We also grow “Peento Peaches” which are sometimes called “Donut Peaches”. Some of our customers at the Chestertown Farmer’s Market were seeing and eating this nice, flat, sweet, white peach for the first time this past summer. We are presently growing test varieties from Rutgers University in New Jersey. One of the varieties is the same color, shape and size as “Saturn”, but is a yellow peach. The second being entirely yellow-colored, and yellow-fleshed; the third being lime green and white-fleshed. These peaches will offer a different visual and taste experience for customers. We will be offering taste tests on these varieties to get feedback from you.
We also offer a U-pick in our peach orchard. Come out and enjoy yourself walking among the trees and choosing that perfect, beautiful, plump, juicy peach. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy this fruit at the peak of ripeness. “It doesn’t get any better than that!”
We have at least 3 varieties of “Pluots”, which are different from standard plum varieties. They are new to this area and offer color-taste combinations that have been described as “exquisite”. Red Heart is another great tasting plum that we grow. It is purple, heart-shaped, red-fleshed and sweet.
We grow “Methley”, which is appropriately called “Sugar Plum” because of it’s exceptional sweetness. Everyone loves a good Sugar Plum… even children who don’t, otherwise, eat fruit!
We have 3 varieties of apricots; “Goldrich” comes on in late June, “Hargrande” in July and “Harlayne” in August. Apricots are great-looking and great-tasting, but hard to grow. Some years you get them, and some years they get you!
We have at least 10 varieties of sweet cherries here at Lockbriar Farms. We will be offering both white and black cherries that will be available in June, July and August. We will attempt to grow the Bing variety using High Tunnel Technology, which has been successful in Europe. Bing is not grown on the east coast due to cracking of fruit. We will grow 2 NEW crack-resistant varieties from Cornell University in New York. One is a white cherry and one is a black cherry. The other 7 varieties will make up our complete selection to cover a long harvest season. There’s nothing better than a nice, plump, sweet black cherry… can’t wait! We will offer U-Pick sweet cherries. Hopefully, we will be sending out a “news-flash email” to tell you there are plenty of cherries to pick!