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Behind the Crop: Blueberries

What's not to love about blueberries? At Cascadian Farm, we love blueberries so much, we grow five different varieties (Spartan, Toro, Bluecrop, Jersey and Patriot)! Each variety has it's own unique taste, but one thing's for sure, they're all delicious and they grow very well in the damp environment at our home farm Skagit Valley, Washington. Blueberries and raspberries do well in this area because their native cousins live nearby so there is a natural population of the beneficial insects that control their pests.

Blueberries have fibrous surface roots that thrive in the damp peaty high organic matter surface layer of their native home, a bog. We apply layers of compost and sawdust to our plants each year. This mulch mimics the native environment for these bog plants and helps control weeds. Deeper roots bring water and minerals from the soild below.

Each spring, blueberry bushes leaf out and flower. Bees pollinate the flowers producing berries for the harvest in August. New branches sprout, which will bear fruit the following year. In the fall, bushes add spectacular color to the landscape. Each winter we prune the bushes to achieve balance between fruit production and new growth.

Aside from just popping them in your mouth, there are many great ways to incorporate blueberries into your diet. Here are a couple of wonderful blueberry recipes to share with your family:

Triple Berry Granola Crisp

Mini Blueberry Pies

Blueberry Peach Crisp