Blueberry Season Is a Burstin’
4th of July is around the corner which means blueberry season is upon us. The first to ripen are Southern Highbush and Highbush cultivars. Rabbiteye cultivars, which often grow best in our Piedmont heat and clay soils, will soon follow. The Piedmont blueberry season typically goes from early-June to late-July. Cool and cloudy weather has delayed ripening by 1 to 2 weeks. Local growers are now reporting blue, sweet berries in the field. Many farms will open to the public in the next few weeks!
As people venture out to pick, we continue to encourage practicing safety measures, social distancing and washing hands frequently, to reduce the risk of coronavirus exposure. The good news is that COVID-19 is not a food born pathogen and therefore it is not easily transmissible through food consumption. Most local farmers are already using food safe practices to prevent virus contamination, and have added cleaning and sanitizing measures to protect their clients. COVID-19 U-pick FAQ has more info.
While picking, be mindful to maintain a safe distance from other customers, rinse your pickins’ with clean water (no soap needed), and stay home if you are sick. Remember, that u-pick can be a safer option than going to the grocery store.
Find a blueberry farm near you! Call ahead, check facebook, or check the Visit NC Farms app for hours and availability:
|Enon Meadows Farm||336.413.6467||1153 Flint Hill Rd, East Bend, NC 27018||@Enon-Meadows-Farm||U-pick|
|Green Mesa Blueberry Farm||336.468.8878||3408 Baptist Church Rd, Boonville, NC 27011||@Green-Mesa-Blueberry-Farm||U-pick, We-pick, pre-order|
|Holcomb’s Blueberries||336.526.8358||I-77, Exit 79, left on US 21, 1 mile on your left||@Hoclombs blueberries||U-pick|
|Hutchens Blueberries||336.829.8268||2809 Indian Heaps Rd, East Bend, NC 27018||@Hutchens-Blueberries||U-pick, We-pick|