Welcome to Blue Fruit Farm!

About Us

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.

Spring 2017: Jim and Joyce are have done a lot of pruning this winter and spring, but fruits look fabulous. Pollination is almost done, with a succession starting with honey berries and Minaj Smyrniou black currants, then more black currants, early plums, juneberries, later plums, and now blueberries, aronia berries. The elderberries are about 18" tall, having been cut back to ground level last fall.

Jim has sprayed stylet oil on elderberries to prevent powdery mildew. The garlic we planted last fall to ward off plum cucurlio damage in plum trees have come up nicely, thanks to the UWI LaCrosse class that planted them. April and May is when we plant any replacement stock - this spring has been adding Superior plum trees to replace dead Black Ice and cherry plums; 40 honeyberries to replace jostaberries removed last fall and dead late season blueberries, and about 40 blueberries. We also are starting to catch up with weed control and implement our pest action plans. We will be adding 6 more tedder traps and trunk traps for plum cucurlio.

We have had a number of requests for our fruits. Currently we do not have any fresh or frozen fruits for sale. We do have a limited amount of canned elderberry juice and some flavors of our jams and jellies left. Please see below for what is available and prices. If you are interested in ordering anything, just email Joyce at bluefruitfarm@gmail.com.

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. The jellies are sweeter than jams. Here's what we have available.

Elderberry Jelly - the real elderberry flavor - think dark chocolate
Elderberry Cordial Jelly - a hint of cinnamon
Elderonia Jelly (elderberry and aronia berry) - very yummy!
Plum Aronia Jam - a great combination!

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, to keep us healthy during 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.

HOW TO PURCHASE:
Just email Joyce with your order at bluefruitfarm@gmail.com or send me a comment on this Home Page. I will email back to set up delivery or on-farm pick-up. We drive to the Twin Cities often to visit our daughter and family (2 twin 4 year old granddaughters).

PRICES:
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 2 frozen half gallons of elderberry juice. These sell for $40.00 each.

Press

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!!!"

During the winter of 2016-17, Jim gave a number of presentations on berry growing. He also gave a keynote at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farming Association (OEFFA). The Cleveland Plain Dealer did a story on his presentation. See the following to read: http://www.cleveland.com/cooking/index.ssf/2017/02/organic_leader_jim_ri...

In April 2017, Jim received the Dragonfly Award from Beyond Pesticides for his long time contributions to organic integrity. See article in the Winona Post: http://www.winonapost.com/Archives/ArticleID/54327/Riddle-receives-natio...

 

Stay tuned for more updates!