Located in beautiful southeastern Minnesota, Blue Fruit Farm covers 5 acres of certified organic blueberries, elderberries, aronia berries, black currants, blue plums, honey berries, jostaberries, juneberries, and cherry plums. Our farm overlooks the stunning microclimate known as Wiscoy Valley, surrounded by forest and native prairie, allowing our plants to benefit from the bountiful population of busy pollinators.
We sell bulk in minimum orders of 5 lb boxes. If you wish to be notified when specific fruit is in season, please provide your email address and check boxes for fruit in which you are interested. We will let you know when the fruit is ripe. For up-to-date information on availability, events, recipes, and more, follow us on facebook! www.facebook.com/BlueFruitFarmMN
Please feel free to roam our website where we have provided lots of information about our fruit production and organic management. We will be continuing to add information to various sections.
Happy Fall to All: Blue Fruit Farm had a great season, with record crops of elderberries and black currants. We are still working on increasing blueberry production, but plants grew a lot this year, so hopeful for next season. Still, we harvested over 500 lb but this is really only a fraction of what is possible. Thanks to you all for your support this season!
We have been busy making jams, jellies and juices with our healthy fruits. Jams use whole fruits. Berries are steam juiced, with the juice used to make jellies. We use certified organic cane sugar and Sure Jell low sugar pectin ingredients. We cook in small batches. I think we have produced some great flavors that you will want to try. We have several customers that buy bulk by the case, as this is the only time of year these flavors are available. Here's what we have available.
Black Currant Jam - on the tart side, great with turkey and ham, ice cream/cheesecake topping
Blue Currant Jam (blueberries and black currants) - starts with blueberry flavor and ends with black currants
Blue Fruit Medley (plums, aronia berries, black currants) - really good - a customer favorite
Elderberry Jelly - the real elderberry flavor
Elderberry Cordial Jelly - a hint of cinnamon
Ederonia Jelly (elderberry and aronia berry) - very yummy!
Honeyberry Jam - a customer last year won Grand Champion at Winona County Fair SOLD OUT
Plum Aronia Jam - a great combination!
Raspberry Currant Jam (raspberries and black currants) - We grew the raspberries in our garden!
With the extra elderberries, we canned pints and 1/2 pints of elderberry juice (no sweetener). We use daily by adding 1 tbs to a glass of water. We feel this helps our immune system, as we go into the flu season. This is like a concentrate, so you can use it to make elderberry syrup for pancakes, or as a base in all kinds of recipes. No sugar has been added.
These make great Thanksgiving and Christmas gifts - one of a kind!. Gift boxes of 3 jars are available (your choice of flavors), complete with bow!
HOW TO PURCHASE:
1) Come to the Winona Farmers Market "Winter Market" on Saturday, Nov 12, East End Rec Center, 9:00 am-12:00 pm.
2) Come to the FEAST at the Rochester Civic Center, Saturday, Dec 3. This is a wonderful event with several hundred local producers of all kinds of delicious products. We just loved the Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup we got there last year.
3) If we still have product left, we plan to do the Winona Farmers Market "Winter Market" on Saturday, Dec. 10, 9:00-12:00 pm.
4) If you can't make any of these venues and can pick up from the farm or arrange for delivery, you can place an order by emailing me the flavors and # of jars you want.
Jams and Jellies: Single jars - $7.00 each; Gift box of 3 - $20.00; Case of 12 - $75.00
Elderberry Juice: 1/2 pints - $7.00 each; 3 for $20.00; Case of 12 - $75.00
Pints - $$12.00 each; 3 for $33.00
We also have limited quantities of frozen quarts of elderberry juice and aronia berry juice. These sell for $20.00 each.
KSMQ Public TV, Austin, MN, did a 1/2 hour episode on our Blue Fruit Farm and organic production for their Garden Connections show in August 2013. Access the broadcast in its entirety by clicking here to learn more about Blue Fruit Farm, our practices, and the importance of organic farming.
Read Jim and Joyce's article Thoughtful Planning Yields Perennial Crop of Blue Fruits published in the May 2014 issue of the Organic Broadcaster to learn more about our production practices.
In fall of 2013, Blue Fruit Farm co-owners Jim Riddle and Joyce Ford were featured in the La Cross Tribune article "Organic Pacesetters", outlining the role the couple has played in the organic movement. In response to the article, Meg Moynihan of the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture commented "Over the years those two have done just about everything organic there is: farmed, inspected, written standards, manuals, and publications, served on Minnesota Organic Advisory Task Force and National Organic Standards Board, trained, taught, presented, advocated, consulted, monitored pipeline installation….the list goes on and on and on!!!"
The Winona Post published an article about our farm in 2012 entitled Blue Fruit Farm Shows off its Organic Berries, which explored the sustainable practices utilized at BFF.
Stay tuned for more updates!