Jo's BlueBerry Farm
3000 Hahn-Scott Road ~ Mount Pleasant, North Carolina 28124
Please call before coming to make sure there are no unforeseen closings. Here are our hours:
|Tuesday:||8 am to noon*|
|Friday:||8 am to 2 pm*|
|Saturday:||8 am to 2 pm*|
*Please call before coming, space is limited and we have lost some bushes. Patch is also subject to early closer to weather or other conflicting conditions. Thanks for your patience.
A port-a-john will be available onsite.
Our farm is in Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, a short distance from Charlotte. We are 2 hours east of the mountains, 2 hours west of the beach, and 15 miles from Lowes Motor Speedway in Concord, NC.
This page provides some interesting information about blueberries.
This is a paraphrased version of an article that originally appeared in the June 2010 issue of Carolina County magazine. Paraphrasing by JoAnn Hahn.
North Carolina ranks 5th nationally in blueberry production. While blueberries can be grown state wide in North Carolina, the largest areas of production are located in the coastal counties. Blueberries do well here in Cabarrus County, and they do well in the Piedmont region also. The blueberry season can start as early as mid-May or as late as mid-June, and it lasts until July.
Several sources in recent research and news reports describe blueberries as being preventive for several common illnesses, such as: colon cancer, urinary tract infections and high cholesterol. The illness-prevention quality of blueberries may be due to its high antioxidant levels. There are anthocyanin pigments present that make blueberries powerful. It is reported that a little as ½ cup of blueberries is equal to five servings of peas, carrots, apples, squash, or broccoli in antioxidants.
Here at Jo's BlueBerry Farm, we raise rabbiteye blueberries. According to the original article in Carolina County magazine, rabbiteye is "the most successful variety" for the Carolinas.
With the right species and proper soil preparation, blueberries can be grown in a backyard garden anywhere in NC. Some families have used blueberry bushes as hedges, providing either live screening from neighborhoods or property-division borders. Most blueberry bushes have delicate white or pink flowers in spring, and their foliage turns a bright red or yellow after the first hard frost. Pesticides are rarely required.
After purchasing or picking blueberries, refrigerate them covered. Do not wash blueberries prior to refridgeration, because washed berries lose flavor and spoil faster. Fresh blueberries remain unspoiled in the refridgerator for 10 days.
I love to snack on blueberries right from the refrigerator or freezer. I freeze my blueberries individually. I first spread them out on a tray or cookie sheet, and then I freeze and bag them.
If purchased in an open plastic basket, the entire basket may be frozen. Wrap the carton of blueberries completely, as you would meat (no holes left uncovered).
Only wash berries just prior to using.