Blueberries

About Blueberries

Native to North America, blueberries grow in acidic soils of pH 5.5 or lower. In Minnesota, where pH levels tend to be closer to 6.0-6.5, soil amendments of peat and sulfur are highly beneficial to lower pH. Because they have relatively few pest problems, blueberries lend themselves quite well to organic production, given regular weeding and watering. The foliage provides beautiful fall displays of deep reds, making blueberries as ornamental as they are delicious! You can see our young shrubs at Blue Fruit Farm pictured here turning fiery red. Blueberries also boast numerous health benefits. Most known for their high antioxidant content, blueberries help to protect the body from the damaging effects of free radicals, helping combat cancer and prevent signs of aging. They are a good source of vitamins C and E, fiber, and flavonoids, and are very low in fat and sodium.

At Blue Fruit Farm, we grow several varieties of blueberries including Chippewa, Polaris, Northland, Northcountry, Northblue, Bluecrop, Bluegold, Patriot, Superior, Nelson, Elliot, and Elizabeth. This wide range of varieties helps promote adequate pollination, season extension, and crop assurance. We also added additional Blue Ray blueberries in spring of 2014 sourced from MOSA certified Backyard Berries of Indiana. Other varieties were sourced from quite a few nurseries, depending on the varieties we thought to be best suited to our needs. Our initial plantings were sourced from St. Lawrence Nursery located in upstate New York, Harmann's in Missouri for the Elizabeth varieties, and Blue Grass Nursery in Kentucky for the Elliot plants. Replacement stock is being purchased primarily through Backyard Berries.

Using Blueberries

Sweet and juicy, blueberries make for wonderful fresh eating when ripe. Fresh berries can be used in salads, drinks, atop ice cream or other desserts, or eaten by the handful! Dried berries make en excellent addition to baked goods or granola, and dried skins can be used for tea. Berries can be processed into jams, jellies, juices, and sauces and make a wonderful sauce for meats and desserts. And of course, they also make for a fantastic pie filling.