I should preface this post by proclaiming my love for this tiny blue berry that when perfectly ripe, can be consumed in copious amounts by none other than yours truly.
I found myself frustrated time and time again that 11 ounces of fruit at the grocery store neared $5. The larger pack averages $7 in price and they last no time.
Not to mention that there is ALMOST ALWAYS a rotten berry or two tainting the whole tub.
As we grow our farm and food supply, I knew that if at all possible I wanted to be able to pick my own blueberries.
At the start of the WHP of Covid-19, grocery trips seemed to be few and far between as we did our best to avoid public places and cross contamination. During this time, we realized that if push came to shove we would lack the micronutrients found in fruit as we haven’t established enough perennial fruit here on the farm to satisfy our needs.
We decided to take matters into our own hands after several long conversations and invest in blueberry bushes that were already producing (if that was even possible).
Turns out it is possible and to make the situation even better, we found the perfect Mom & Pop blueberry farm half way across the United States to supply our demand. This alone made my heart happy because we cut out the middle (corporate) guy and offered direct support to those breaking their backs for a living.
Dimeo Blueberry Farms in New Jersey offered excellent customer service and speedy delivery.
Each bush was ONLY $10. That blows my mind as I could by roughly 48 ounces of blueberries from the grocery store for that price with only a fraction of the resource an entire bush will provide us for a season.
So in true “the more the merrier” fruit fashion, we ordered 10.
I’m giddy even typing the above statement as I cannot wait to share our harvest with friends and family, as well as stock our pantry for the winer months.
Blueberries, like elderberries, are a highly antioxidant food and an excellent source of nutrition when building up your immune system.
I plan to harvest our berries and preserving the harvest by making blueberry syrup, blueberry jam, blueberry pie filling, frozen berries for smoothies and to drop in pastries, and of course fresh eating.
The bushes were delivered to us in a dormant state due to any unexpected shipping delays that could occur due to Covid-19 so I’ll keep y’all updated on the progress over the next few weeks as they bloom to life!
We opted for a no-till raised “bed” method in case we add more bushes in the coming years and wanted a more orchard-like look. This soil we supplemented with is also slightly more acidic than ours which is perfect for the blueberries.
Our first little buds!