We went picking blueberries at B&G Blueberries in Ft. McCoy yesterday. The flavor is wonderful and the owners are some of the nicest folks you’ll ever meet this side of heaven.
Bill is a personal friend and has been a good advisor on my own blueberry growing as well as being a great mentor when I launched my nursery.
Here is their picking schedule:
Opening dates for the June season will be announced in late May ($2.50 per lb.). Check our answering machine for any changes to these dates.
We sell plants, (Blueberry, peach and nectarine trees, grapes, figs, raspberries), also fertilizer & pine bark. Pre-picked Blueberries – Call for details.
From Silver Springs go east on SR 40 to CR 315. Go left 5 1/2 miles to NE 100 St. Go left and follow the Blueberry signs ¼ miles to B & G Blueberries.
Please call us at 352-236-4410, or Email us at WDH47@embarqmail.com if you have any questions. (If you now do email, let us know, we’ll send your notifications by email.)
The Halls – Bill, Gail, Danny, Dorothy, Justin, Micah, Rebekah, Ben, Jason, Robin, Savannah, and EmmaLee. – B & G Blueberries
If you’re within an hour of Ft. McCoy, make sure you sign up for their e-mail newsletter and get picking dates e-mailed to you.
As for the berries we picked… here’s the remnant:
Just picked blueberries yesterday and today (relative's berry field). We're freezing and dehydrating. Good stuff and love the blog!
Yes! Good for you. Dehydrated blueberries are very addicting. Thanks for stopping by.
I’ve had the worst time trying to grow my own blueberries, even varieties that grow well here. Mostly due to my ignorance on the subject and the fact that my soil is a mess from decades of farming before we moved here. After researching, I may have to dig them back up again and keep them in pots where I can control them better. At least until I can better prepare the soil where I want them to grow permanently. I’ve got access to tons of organic materials on the back of my property, it’s just a matter of reclaiming that area to get access to the pine straw and bark.
What really helped my research was the fact that my wife loves Gardenias and on our excursions to lowes to buy marked down or clearance plants, she always grabs some flowering things while I’m looking for edibles. If I don’t incorporate her selections into the food forest, I’ll have a mutiny on my hands and quick. However, she tends to select things that require a ton of maintenance; whereas I’m looking for things that don’t. Azaleas are supposed to be similar in requirements as blueberries and gardenias but they don’t seem to care as much and are flourishing only a dozen feet away from where i planted the blueberries.
The big difference between the gardenias and the azaleas and blueberries is the sunlight requirements, which is giving me fits right now. They all seem to have the same organic materials and ph requirements, though. Figuring out this balance will be a huge milestone for me, I think, but I’m determined. I’m planning on using your guild method to accomplish this, smack dab in the middle of three types of persimmon.
Good idea. I have seen persimmon and blueberries growing together in the wild.