Whitehorse Meadows Farm | Certified Organic Blueberries

Spring/Summer 2018

Certified Organic Blueberries
Washington State Department of Agriculture
Certified Organic Producer # 1506

Summer is fast approaching as I write this. Our fall, winter and spring seasons have seen changes at the farm along with the accustomed seasonal tasks of weeding, pruning, and field and building maintenance. Antonio became our new farm manager in September and has spent the winter re-organizing and streamlining our shops and operation. Along with our Organic certification we have completed the new FSMA training to insure an extra layer of protection for you – our customers. These certifications verify our good health and hygiene practices with workers year round. FSMA and our ongoing GAP/GHP training dovetail into our organic practices and food safety certifications for fresh and frozen fruit.

We continue to have our all-natural products available. You will find all 5 yummy products, Blueberry Mango Chutney, Blueberry Mango Salsa, Blueberry Apple Compote, Blueberry Vinegar and Blueberry Lemon Preserve described and pictured on the Products page. They are available for purchase at our farm stand and in our farmers markets. These recipes, made from our blueberries, have been part of our farm from its inception and have brought smiles to the faces of our friends and relatives for years. We hope that they will do the same for you. Follow us on Facebook for details of our market days and u-pick availability.

We continue to produce frozen fruit during harvest that is individually quick frozen ensuring that flavor and quality is maintained for at least 1 year in the freezer. We sell this fruit in the Edmonds and Lake Forest Park Farmers Markets and at the farm year round. We look forward to seeing you in our farmers markets and at the farm this summer when harvest begins in early-July.

Did you know?

The blueberry is a relatively new fruit to farming but the wild blueberry from which our current varieties are derived has been around for thousands of years. Native Americans harvested and used wild blueberries for fresh consumption, as a dried fruit staple, and for medicinal purposes. In the early 1900’s, Elizabeth White, the daughter of a cranberry grower in New Jersey, began working with Frederick Coville, a USDA scientist to develop what we now know as blueberries. With her friends she gathered their favorite wild blueberry plants selected for specific attributes including hardiness, flavor, and size. These plants were cultivated on her farm and the process of crossing varieties began. In 1909 the first "blueberry" appeared.

Our farming goal is to stay as close to the wild natural beginnings of blueberries as possible by selecting heirloom varieties and a wild cultivar that maintain the natural deep blue color, the full health benefits of blueberries, more vibrant flavor, and that favor cold winters in order to allow for full dormancy, which produces sweeter fruit and more robust plants during harvest season. Our Spartans, Rubels and Jerseys are northern, cold country heirloom or wild cutivars, known for producing unusually high quality fruit. We sell only #1 grade fruit that is hand picked and cleaned before packaging. Please see our Products page for more information about each variety.

We look forward to seeing you this summer at the farm or in the markets or both!

Valerie Wall