Boo's Berries

For the past three years I have been talking about planting blueberry bushes on the Cat Farm. A few months ago, Tracy suggested we check out a new hardware store in Berea called Jenkins. Jenkins purchases all of the plants they stock from local farmers. We purchased three Bluecrop bushes which are large and bear fruit between the end of May and mid-June. We also purchased three smaller Elliott bushes which yield fruit between mid-July and the end of August. Elliotts produce a lot of berries, which is why we bought them and although none of the berries are ripe yet one of the Elliotts has a ton of berries.
This afternoon Joshie and I decided to pick ripe berries on one of the Bluecrops. We were both pleasantly surprised with our first sampling. The berries were perfect. Firm, juicy and sweet. Just the way blueberries should be. Dad was so impressed he has vowed to buy more in the fall, which is the best time to plant blueberry bushes. Eventually, I would like to have over a hundred bushes. I would also like to plant blackberry and raspberry bushes too. Add bees for pollination and the Cat Farm will be one step closer to self-sustainability, which is a goal of mine too. As produce prices continue to climb it is comforting to have a food source located just outside our kitchen door. Between berries and veggies we are looking forward to this fall's harvest.

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Kate said...

Yum. Good luck with the garden this summer.


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