The local members of the Blueberry Council of Missouri are proud to announce that the 2010 blueberry season is just around the corner. Compared to the past few years, when the crop was diminished by late frosts or near tornadic winds, this year’s crop appears to be plentiful. The first variety of blueberries may be ready as early as Memorial Day in Joplin.
Because of their nutrition and anti-oxidant value, blueberries have been called a super fruit. The best fruit is straight out of the field. Blueberries are one of the easiest fruits to pick with no bending over, no backaches and no thorns. Contact one of these growers for availability and hours:
- CARL JUNCTION: Ted and Donna McDonald, T/A Heritage Family Farms, 102 Lakeview La. Send an e-mail here or phone (417) 649-8835.
- LEBANON: Roger and Barbara Harwell, T/A Roger's Blueberry, 21988 Rice Dr. Send an e-mail here or phone (417) 533-5797.
- MONETT: Ann Marie and George Rausch, T/A Rausch's Blueberries, 21655 Highway H. Send an e-mail here or phone (417) 235-7825.
- NEOSHO: Jill and Robert Carter, T/A Carter Blueberry Farm, 1185 Carl Sweeney Rd. Send an e-mail here or phone (417) 451-4160.
- ORONOGO: Greg and Wendy Braker & Kyle and Dana Kellenberger, T/A Braker Berry Farm, 941 SW 90th La. Phone (417) 842-3609.
- SAGINAW: Howard Thompson, president Blueberry Council of Missouri, (417) 781-0648
- SPRINGFIELD: Paul, Kathy and Krystal Lais, T/A Ozark Mountain Orchard, 1996 S. Western Ave. Send an e-mail here or phone (417) 443-3343.