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Blueberries, Blackberries, and Apples

Blueberry ImageAlthough we grow several varieties of blueberries on our farm, our favorite is Premier. It arrives early, often before the birds. It is a large, sweet berry and it is easy to pick! Blueberries were often called “star berries” by Native Americans because the blossom end of the fruit forms a scar in the form of a star. If you examine a Blueberry, you can see this star that is left after the bloom falls. Some people refer to Blueberries as a “super fruit” because of the many health benefits they provide. Blueberries contain only 80 calories per cup, no fat and offer anti-oxidant properties. They are native to the Unites States where over 90% of the world’s Blueberries are grown. Many Blueberries are grown in North Carolina and NC ranks 6th in Blueberry production.

Blackberry imageWe grow three patented varieties of blackberry plants produced by the breeding program at the University of Arkansas. All of these varieties are named after a different Native American tribe, like Navaho, Ouachita or Natchez. Our Blackberries are sweet enough to be eaten fresh, but also make excellent pies or jellies. The Navaho variety has very small seeds and keeps well in the refrigerator. All of the varieties we sell are completely thornless. Because the fields are clean and well kept, you will not find any chiggers either! Blackberries are native to the United States and to North Carolina. Commercial breeding programs designed to produce better Blackberry fruit began in the 1930’s and during the period between the 1930 and 1950 a lot of Blackberries called “dewberries” were shipped from NC to other parts of the US. Blackberries are often considered to be a gourmet or specialty fruit item, similar to Raspberries. The newer Blackberry varieties have a longer storage life than dewberries or the older trailing type Blackberry. Blackberries have become a popular item in the produce section of the Supermarket, where they sell for a premium price.

Apple ImageWe grow 20 different varieties of apples (Applies will be available for picking in the summer and fall of 2015) that are a carefully selected assortment of the best heritage and commercial varieties available for our climate, including some not available elsewhere. In addition to commercial varieties like Gala, Fuji and Pink Lady, we grow heritage varieties, including two different varieties of Winesaps. Another heritage variety in our orchard is Roxbury Russet which originated with the Pilgrims in Massachusetts. Other heritage varieties include Grimes Golden, which is associated with Johnny Appleseed, and Albemarle Pippins. Pippins were grown by President Thomas Jefferson and President George Washington and are regarded as one the best apples in the world after they ripen in storage for several months.

We have “summer apples” that ripen during blackberry and blueberry season as well as traditional “fall apples.” The orchard includes an apple variety for any purpose, e, g., apples for fresh eating, pies, cider, fried, stewed, dried, or baked.

Our cultural practice in the Apple Orchard is called High Density. The trees are grown very close together on a trellis similar to a grape trellis. This method produces a lot more fruit when the trees are young, produces a larger percentage or high quality fruit and makes picking a lot easier.

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