Blueberry season has arrived and the fields at Temecula Berry Company are open to the public. Besides a new harvest, there are many fresh changes at the farm this season including a new addition to the Graesser family. Michael Graesser, also known as Farmer Mike, married a local realtor this winter named Cindy.
Cindy has brought a bounce back to Graesser’s step and his two young children, Gage and Daisy.
The children lost their mother, Shelly, in April 2012. Shelly was a long time educator in Temecula Valley School District who was loved by many in the community. Graesser, a devout Christian, now helps others through their grief, setting an example that life goes on and today is a new season of hope.
Cindy comes from a Christian background and her dad, Henry, is a pastor of a church in Escondido. The new couple has much in common but farm life is new to her.
“If you get a chance and you want a laugh, ask Cindy about picking up the little pigs. She’ll be happy to share,” said Graesser.
Graesser and his budding family have added new events this season for kids of all ages. Daisy, 6, has worked hard to create a very important show about feeding the farm chickens. Daisy will interact with children who attend and educate them about her clucking feathered friends.
Gage, 5, will be clamoring for an audience like his big sister at his Pig Show. Penny and Lucky will be on display weekly where Gage will hold a short show talking about his “oinking” friends.
The harvest this year for the super fruit is early and may not last till July so don’t delay your travel plans to come visit the farm.
“We had a mild winter which helped the blueberry crops,” said Graesser.
There is always something going on at Temecula Berry Farm. New this year is Muffin Monday. The first 50 customers on Monday mornings get a free, homemade blueberry muffin. There will also be for sale blueberry loafs and blueberry jams as well as pre-picked blueberries in 18 oz. containers.
Graesser said they will also offer gift sets and gift certificates. Nana’s Story Time continues to be a hit. Story time is once a week, with times located on their website and Facebook page.
Field trips are very popular but Graesser asks inquiries be sent via email due to the large demand.
The blueberry picking however is just as fun with a few friends or family members.
Inez Gonzalez, 4, from Mira Loma, enjoyed the one-on-one interaction picking berries from the bushes with her aunt and uncle and 18-month-old cousin Marina Young.
The Young’s live in Corona and despite the early season heat had a lot of fun visiting the farm for the first time.
Four-year-old Kamrynne Johnson from Temecula came dressed as a fairy for her berry-picking day.
“The farm is awesome. This is our first time here and it is a lot of fun,” said Virginia Johnson. “Just remember to bring cash or a check, they don’t accept credit or debit cards.”
Starting Friday, May 9, the annual movie night at the farm will kick off with the popular movie Frozen. Movie night is free and open to the public. Families are encouraged to bring blankets and dinner.
The Temecula Berry Company is located at 39700 Cantrell Rd. in Temecula. For more information, visit www.temeculaberryco.com or call (951) 225-5552.