Fruit

In 1998 our farm began rehabilitating a portion of the original Denman Dairy Farm back to its original fertile soil. Our meadows sit at the toe of Whitehorse Mountain. We opened our fruit stand in July 2006. We sell direct from the fruit stand and in town at farmers markets. The seasonal locations of our farmers markets are kept updated on the Market Locations page.

Blueberries

We sell three varieties of certified organic blueberries:

This plant produces a large, flavorful berry, with firm consistency that freezes well. They have been less popular as a large production fruit since they are somewhat particular about their environment. Once happily settled in they mature into a full highbush blueberry with lush foliage, high fruit yield, excellent fresh flavor, and beautiful red canes in winter. Although Spartan blooms late, it is the first fruit on at our farm starting in the second week of July and producing for approximately 6 weeks.
Although there have been many varities of blueberry introduced since 1912, Rubels remain as an outstanding wild variety that is smaller, deep blue, with a highly intense blueberry flavor that provides excellent fresh eating, exceptional sweetness in cooking, and stability in freezing. Rubel is higher in antioxidant properties than many other blueberry varieties and this may well be because it has not experienced engineering for agricultural purposes. Rubels begins to ripen in the fourth week of July and continue through September.
Jersey is a long-standing market favorite that begins ripening in mid- August and keeps on coming through September. It produces a sweet fruit of medium size (similar to the size most frequently found in the supermarket produce section) that provides excellent fresh eating and adds that extra bit of sweet freshness to salads and sauces.

The blueberry is a relatively new fruit to farming but the wild huckleberry from which blueberries are derived has been around for thousands of years. Native Americans harvested and used wild huckleberries for fresh consumption, as a dried fruit staple, and for medicinal purposes long before the first European settlers arrived. 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 huckleberry plants selected for a variety of 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 has been to stay as close to the wild natural beginnings of blueberries as possible by selecting heirloom varieties and a wild cultvar that maintain the natural deep blue color, which produces the health benefits of blueberries, brighter and more vibrant flavor, and whose plants favor cold winters in order to allow for full dormancy (restful sleep), which produces sweeter fruit and more robust plants in the spring and summer. Our Spartans, Rubels and Jerseys are true northern, cold country heirloom or wild cutivars, known for producing unusually high quality fruit. Our fruits are delicious served fresh and hold flavor in both cooking and freezing. We sell only #1 grade fruit that is hand picked and culled before packaging.

Fruit prices follow the market rate. By selling direct to you, we are able to support our fields properly and give you an excellent value in organic fruit.

We will have frozen fruit again in the late summer. It will be in 2 pound bags by variety.

We also sell a variety of goods made from our berries. Learn more on our Products page.

Blueberry plant