Saturday, August 22, 2009

Blueberry Packing 2009


Augusta Bixler Farms has been in our family since around 1880. It's located in California's San Joaquin Delta between Stockton and Tracy. Major crops include wine grapes, walnuts, alfalfa, tomatoes and blueberries.

Blueberries are our newest crop, and we'll soon have about 100 acres. As our production volumes have grown in the last couple of years we decided it was time to run our own packing line instead of paying someone else to pack them for us. Our farm manager, Chip Salmon, built a pair of new insulated steel buildings and this year we're off and running.

On May 31 I went out to the farm at the height of blueberry packing in our new shed and took pictures. I've finally finished sorting them and have put them up on Picasa for your enjoyment. There are both still pictures and video clips. Here are just a few of them.






At some point I expect to put together another YouTube video, like the one of last year's harvest (only better).

In case you have trouble with the links above, the still pictures are here:
http://picasaweb.google.com/chapin.chip/ABFBlueberryPacking2009Part1Stills#

and the videos are here:
http://picasaweb.google.com/chapin.chip/ABFBlueberryPacking2009Part2Video#

Chip

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