Sarah Wood, owner of Hall Creek Farm in East Bend, well remembers the year the blueberry bushes were planted on the property at 4236 Shady Grove Road. Jack Wood Sr. planted them in 1987, she said, the same year she married his son, Jack Wood Jr. Wood now runs the farm, which also includes several chicken houses, along with help from her family.
The Premier variety of blueberries are already coming in for the season, Wood said, and the Blue Tift variety will soon follow. The blueberry patch is open for customers from sunup to sundown Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and on Wednesday until around 6 p.m. Wood said the weather plays a large part in how long the blueberry season will last, but she said the bushes are still producing berries typically through the end of August.
It’s a casual atmosphere at the farm. Customers pay and pick up their buckets from the front porch of Wood’s home, located directly beside the berry patch, and pick their own berries for $7 per gallon. Pre-picked gallons are also available for $15 per gallon. Customers wanting pre-picked berries should call ahead.
Wood said folks use their berries for a variety of things.
“A lot of people freeze them and eat them all year long,” she said. “People around here also like cobblers or dump cakes, some make jams or jellies. A lot of people eat them on their cereal and some just like to eat them fresh.”
Dallas Stokes stopped by the farm last Wednesday for some blueberries. He said the Hall Creek Farm blueberries were the best he’d ever had. He added that he liked to eat them on his cereal.
For more information on Hall Creek Farm blueberries, call 336-408-5947. Other blueberry producers in the county include Enon Meadows Farm in East Bend, Brad’s Blueberries in Yadkinville and Green Mesa Blueberry Farm in Boonville. Find other local agriculture producers of blueberries and more at the NC Farm Fresh website, www.ncfarmfresh.com.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.