Vaccinium corymbosum Blueberries are a perennial flowering plant. The berries are round, indigo coloured and have flared crown on the end. The berries are covered in protective coating of powdery epicuticular wax or 'bloom'. Our Blueberry bushes are the 'highbush' variety Bluecrop, that ripens mid-season. Blueberries are low in calories and high in nutrients like fibre, vitamin C, K, manganese and antioxidants.
It started with pancakes for us. Adding Blueberries to the mix made our mornings. That's why we grow our own. Along with our Honeyberries and Raspberries, we use them in smoothies, salads and lots of other recipes. Blueberries are a great fit for us as they have some similarities to Honeyberries from a farming aspect and their peak picking time comes well after we're done with Honeyberries. We grow Bluecrop Blueberries. They are a nice large size and great taste.
With all our crops we never use any herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Conventionally grown Blueberries can be exposed to a lot of chemicals and with their thin skin these chemicals are easily absorbed.
What can you do with Blueberries?
- Eat them fresh for maximum taste and nutrients
- Freeze to have on hand for baking
- Great in pancakes, waffles and muffins
- Delicious and nutritious when added to smoothies
- Use fresh berries in Salads
- Various pastries like pies and tarts
- Crumbles, crisp and bars
- Gelato, ice cream, yogurt and smoothies
- Jams, jellies and syrup
- Blueberries are a versatile fruit!
Blueberries pack a big punch in such a small little blue ball. Antioxidants protect our bodies from free radicals that can damage cells and contribute to aging and disease. Blueberries contain polyphenol antioxidants called flavonoids - in particular - anthocyanins. Studies have shown Blueberries may help lower blood pressure and help prevent heart disease, can help maintain brain function and improve memory. A great source of vitamin C, vitamin K and Manganese. With only 57 calories in a 100g serving, Blueberries should be a regular choice in everyone's diet.
Organic Farming and Harvesting Practices
Our focus is and always will be organic and has been since inception. Our land was natural vegetation when we started and we prepared, planted and have maintained our plants following the Canadian standards for Organic growing. Our 2020 harvest is British Columbia Certified Organic by SOOPA (Similkameen Okanagan Organic Producers Association).
Honeyberry Acres uses no synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. Weeds are hand picked. This labour intensive process is ongoing throughout the growing season. This makes the picking season much cleaner and more efficient.
Drought tolerant sheep fescue grass is grown between our berry rows eliminating the need for less efficient overhead watering. Our farm utilizes time controlled drip irrigation and a 1300 litre rain barrel collection system.
Our plant based composting system provides us with a rich, energy packed compost for our crops. Compost teas and foliar sprays add micro organisms to our soils and aid with biological pest control.
Prior to harvest we cover our plants with small opening sized bird netting to prevent the chance of birds getting caught or injured while trying to help themselves to our delicious berries.
We follow 'Good Manufacturing Practices' (GMP), ensuring our crops are contaminate free with the utmost integrity to provide safe food for our customers.
Honeyberry Acres is committed to the highest care and attention in providing safe, super nutritious foods. Our guarantee to our customers: "The food we grow is the food we eat".