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  • Local Doctor Enjoys a Growing Field

  • Dr. Robert Hall and his staff of berry pickers have recently began picking this season's crop of blackberries
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  • Hockessin physician Dr. Robert Hall can now add farmer and blackberry salesman to the list of achievements on his resume.
    Hall, who started growing blackberries several years ago, after he received three small thorn less blackberry plants from a patient. After seeing the growth of the plants over the years, Hall decided to expand his crop.
    "I had several plants in my garden and whenever I would cut my grass, I would look at this expansion and think 'I need to be doing more than growing grass'," Hall said. "So I put it all together and decided to plant more blackberry bushes."
    In the fall of 2010, Hall started Berry Good Farm LLC., which sits on the front of his 3.7 acre Lancaster Pike property.
    Hall, 63, said it takes the berry plants several years to flourish and get berries, and this is the first year he will be selling his crop.
    Despite encountering about a two week delay due to the rain, Hall is optimistic he will see a good crop this season.
    "Compared to last year, we are about two weeks behind," he said. "Last year we were seeing berries around July 4. But I still believe we will have an abundance of berries for people to enjoy."
    He estimates he will produce 2000 pints of berries this season, which is a huge increase from the 200 pints he produced last year.
    Hall and his staff will be picking berries for approximately six weeks, from early July to late August.
    Hockessin residents Michael Mulski and Dominic Mele, both 16, are working at Berry Good Farm for the second year.
    "I happened to be walking by on my way to Dom's and Dr. Hall yelled 'hey do you want a part time job'," Mulski said before picking berries Wednesday. "I said yes and asked if he had any work for my friends. When he said yes, I told my two best friends, Dom and Owen."
    Hall added that he had been praying for help before he saw Mulski.
    "It was met to be," Mele said.
    Mulski and Mele said they can work on the farm anywhere from two to four hours a day, depending on need.
    "Early in the season we work about two hours, but once the crop really comes in it can take about four hours to do everything," Mulski said.
    Mele, who enjoys the perk of being able to eat the fresh blackberries, said he likes having a unique job.
    "It's definitely the most unique job among our friends," he said. "A lot of them work in the food service industry."
    Hall will sell his blackberries at a stand in front of his home, along with other produce. He will also fill an order for Café Gelato in Newark. The café plans to use the berries in a dessert slated for their August menu.
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