The Hingston family of Springfield knows a lot about growing and harvesting summer berries. Their Cherry Hill Farm grows five different kinds of red raspberries, three kinds of black raspberries, two varieties of gooseberries, red, pink of champaign currants, and four kinds of black currants, says the Rutland Herald. Cherries previously were not one of their fruit offerings, although they recently planted some cherry trees to put an end to the inevitable question of “Why no cherries?” While growing berries is not unique, the custom-built harvester is. The machine was made by Peter Hingston from old farming equipment and tools brought over from England, where black currants are more common. They are always adding new products made from their berries, the latest being black currant juice. Future crops include Damson plums and, perhaps, hops for beer. For the present, however, berries come in a variety of “shapes” and sizes. “We freeze them, we puree them, we crush them, we juice them and we sell them whole,” Peter said. Take your pick.
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