Season proves strong for blueberry crop


Carleigh Brough and Julia Castillo as they pick blueberries at Southwest Berry Farm.

Photo by John Althouse/The Daily News
Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 11:14 AM.

Fruit lovers seeking fresh blueberries are in luck as local growers are reporting ample harvests this season.

Farmer Julian Wooten said the weather this year was perfect for growing blueberries. 

“The plants made it through the winter just fine,” Wooten said. “It’s good blueberry weather. Temperatures are a little hot now, but it’s good when it’s hot. Our berries shaped up pretty good and they are at their peak right now.”

Wooten and his wife are operate Southwest Berry Farm at 2053 Pony Farm Road, located in the Southwest area of Jacksonville. Right now, Wooten says the farm’s blueberry and blackberry crops are beginning to produce eatable fruit.

“Our season started a little late,” Wooten said. “Our blueberries are pretty right now, and we just started picking them. We don’t have a large batch of blackberries yet, but a few plants are ripe enough to pick. Families are welcome to come pick all they want. We also let people sample as many berries as they would like while they are out in the fields.”

Prices to pick your own berries cost $3 a pint. Pints already picked are $4 each, according to Wooten.

Caitlin Lasserty, manager of Mike’s Farm in Beulaville, said they planted blueberries earlier in February and hope to have a similar pick-your-own-berry opportunities in the next year or so.

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