OPEN for PYO Blueberries Friday 12th January, from 8.30 am.

Change of plans again! Trying to work with the weather has been a bit challenging lately!


IF the Met Service is correct, we might get a few hours during the day tomorrow without rain, so we will be open for picking.


We hope to also open for picking on Saturday, but it isn't looking very promising.


I think it is safe to say that the drought has broken here. We've had almost 150 ml in the last 7 days.

There are split berries, but as before, work around them, drop them or eat them.


And, I suggest that you wear gumboots!

A few things to note:

Welcome to the 2018-2019 blueberry season!!

A few things to note:

To read the latest picking information - click the home button just above this note. Some Internet searches bring up old posts and they can be confusing.

The berries are $14/ kg.

Cash sales only no EFTPOS.

Please bring your own picking containers if possible, ice cream containers are ideal as we know the weight, or you can use ours then we will put them into a plastic bag for you.

Children are very welcome - we love to have them around but please keep an eye on them because this is a farm and there are hazards.

We encourage you to sample the berries you are picking but please be reasonable.

With car parking, please be respectful of our neighbours if parking on the road and take great care coming and going onto Paton Rd.

The best time for picking is generally first thing in the morning.

Blueberry picking tips - go for the darkest ones! if you end up with a few pink ones in your container, that's ok - they will ripen up a little if not refrigerated straight away.

At the early stage of the season the berries are a bit here and there to pick but later you will be able to pick a few at a time. There's no getting away from the fact that they are small and will take a wee bit of time to pick so allow yourself some time.

We really hope you enjoy your time at Fuchsiadale Blueberries. Relax, forget the busyness, listen to the birds and enjoy your trip to the country!!

See you soon! Vivienne and Jon

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Richmond, Nelson, New Zealand
we - the parkes family used to live in blenheim - dairy farming a few hundred cows. then back in '97 went to the bible college of new zealand, after completing a BMin we moved to dunedin for two years where jon did a DipMin, then four years in tauranga where jon was a rev at st. columba, otumoetai. in 06 & 07 we lived in vanuatu on santo island where jon taught english and was the accountant for talua ministry training centre. in 08 we moved to richmond, nelson where jon was the minister at st. david’s presbyterian church on florence st. and now is the minister at whakatu presbyterian (a new presbyterian church for the nelson & districts area) and vivienne volunteers as an ambulance officer (EMT) for st. john. at the same time we have 1500 blueberry plants, cookie & zoro our cats, red our calf and gypsy our border collie - plus some laying hens.