HENDRY COUNTY -- The sweet smell of berry blossoms is wafting through Hendry County, beckoning berry lovers to come sample them. Lucky for them, Blueberry Bunch Farm, Florida’s southern most blueberry farm, reopens their U-pick soon. U-Pick is where customers can harvest the produce themselves.
“Our love for heathy food and fruits lead us to purchase the farm 15 years ago. With our love for blueberries, hard work, and use of the newest technologies we’ve been expanding every year,” said Kristian Velasco, PR Manager at the farm. The farm is owned by Arthur Molzan, and run by some truly knowledgeable and dedicated employees.
The farm tends to approximately 60,000 blueberry bushes with thousands upon thousands of blueberries in each row. The rows go on and on, spanning 29 acres.
“Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn’t fully ripened. White and green colored blueberries will not ripen after they are picked,” said Velasco, “Blueberries that have turned purple, red or blue-ish usually ripen after they are picked when stored at room temperature. Since blueberries hang on the bushes in clusters, the fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and while cupping your other hand around gently pulling. They’ll drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.”
If you would like to try your hand at U-pick blueberries this season, Blueberry Bunch Farm plans to reopen on Friday, March 5, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The farm is located at 2754 Howard Rd in LaBelle, FL. They welcome everyone, and speak Danish, Spanish and English.
The farm has both a Facebook and Instagram account for you to follow for updates, and their website address is: www.blueberrybunchfarm.com.