Wendy and Wally Hazen have officially completed their annual “wintertime labor of love” over at Hazen’s Riverside Blueberry Farm. When folks come out to pick berries every summer, and see the enormous super sweet extra juicy blueberries, they can thank the Hazens’ selective hand pruning of every shrub for the bounty. Both Wendy and Wally begin going through all the rows, beginning in late December, and painstakingly prune each blueberry shrub by hand. This process usually takes three to four months. The result in late spring is a fragrant bouquet of abundant blueberry blooms which will flower in early summer into super huge luscious blueberries, literally bursting with flavor.
For our new subscribers: If you have not yet come out to the farm to do U-Pick in the summer, you literally do not know what you are missing. These are NOT your tiny flavorless over-priced “grocery store” berries. These are some of the nation’s very best blueberries, larger than most, more flavorful than most and growing in rich indigo clusters such that they almost look like clusters of grapes. VERY easy to pick in the summer to fill your U-Pick buckets, or to buy pre-picked in large 10 lb. flats, ready to carry to your car and take home.
If you haven’t subscribed to the blog yet, be sure to do that, so as we get closer to the 2016 U-Pick season you can be notified by email of when the farm opens for berry sales and U-Pick. Weather and rainfall amounts, temperatures and a variety of other factors affect the exact time the berries are at their best firmness and flavor, so an announcement usually goes out in the early summer sometime. We now offer fresh farm grown marionberries and raspberries too! Feel free to share this post on your own social networks! Start watching your email inbox in June for announcements about when our U-Pick season opens, along with prices for 2016.