Blueberries, blueberries, blueberries! Tis the season for Northeast Florida’s juiciest and plump blueberries. These blueberries are not only delicious in pies, smoothies, salads, jams, muffins and pancakes; they are incredibly healthy for you. Current research done by The United States Highbush Blueberry Council’s research shows that blueberries can help with anti-aging, infection fighting, improved eyesight, and cancer fighting anti-oxidants.
Delicious and nutritious!
Rabbiteye and southern highbush are the primary blueberries grown in Florida. These blueberries need a low-chill environment in order to thrive. That is why northeast Florida is the best location in Florida to buy local berries. These berries thrive on acidic soils. Don Cowren of Blueberry Hill Farm located in Crescent City has his U-pick farm situated along Silver Lake. This lake is highly acidic and is used to water Don’s blueberries. The environment allows his blueberries to thrive and allows you to go and pick as many as you’d like!
Dan Doran of St. Johns Oaks Vineyard shares our passion for fresh and local produce
Dan began his life on the farm as a foliage cutter. He is still active in that business but now enjoys strolling the farm and munching on his delicious berries. He is constantly checking up on plants and expanding his crop. He started his organic practice of growing blueberries over 20 years ago. Dan grows some of Rype and Readi’s sweetest blueberries every season. He is now gearing up for blackberry season. Not many growers in northeast Florida participate in blackberry season, making Dan Doran the Man for blackberries this summer.
 US Highbush Blueberry Council. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2017
By Gatlin Beemus, Rype & Readi Contributing Blogger