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Blackberry & Blueberry Update May 23

Posted 5/22/2011 5:04pm by Sam Bellamy.

Peaches and Blackberries now coming in!! This is earlier than I expected. There are still strawberries that we are picking for the market as well.

Blueberries have several families including vaccinium corymbrom

( highbush) and vaccinium ashesi ( rabbiteye). There are other families as well but these are the main families for this region. The highbush are the common commercial blueberry which generally has a relatively short season ( 3-5 weeks). The rabbiteye varieties begin at the end of the highbush and continue into August. Our rabbiteye varieties include

Climax , Premier, Delight, Southland, Powder blue, Bright blue, Garden blue, Centurion. The season could begin early so keep checking the web site or sign up for emails to be sent to you. It is the best way to know what is happening with pick your own. The Premier ripens a week or so after Climax begins. It is a very beautiful berry that is excellent in flavor. The southland is good also but much later. One of the later varieties is garden blue. It is distinctly different from the other varieties in that it is smaller, very dark and very sweet. It is not a commonly grown variety but we have people who particularly like it. I recall Dr. Mainland walking through the field with no fruit on the plants identifying each variety as if they were his children. When he came to garden blue he was pleased to know we were growing it. You probably are not aware that we have had some World Class people working with blueberries right here in our southeastern NC. Blueberries are one of the crops that belong to the region and we can grow some excellent fruit. This is good because the small fruits ,in particular blueberries and blackberries are extremely good for your health.

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Fall is here!

Cool season greens are growing, the Shittake mushroom logs are covered in delicious fungi, and we're getting ready to plant strawberries.

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