Right off Hwy 199, before going South on the 101 into Crescent City sits BLUEBERRY HILL. For $4.50 you can pick up a pint of fresh blueberries. Eat them raw. Add them to fruit salads or bake them in muffins. A tasty treat that’s healthy to eat.
Rick and Jessie Shepard have owned Blueberry Hill for the past 20 years. Jessie stands by her cash register chatty amiably with customers. Lizette a New York transplant and her 9 year old daughter, Autumn are excited to be there.
The farm has been operating for the past 60 years. Generations of children have grown up picking blueberries. Certified organic, even their water is safe, no fluoride as they use well water. Being organic is quite a process. Clorox bleach is used to wash out the buckets that berries are put in. After using bleach, each bucket has to be re-washed and dried to make sure no bleach is left.
Years ago, the farm allowed customers to walk down the aisles of bushes and pick their own. That was stopped when too much damage was injuring the berry bushes. Now hired pickers bring in bucket after bucket. Due to the weather, the season starts later than inland berry farms and the price paid for shipping out their berries is higher.
In addition to buying blueberries, also offered are jams, syrups and vinagrettes. Stop in at 3290 Kings Valley Road right directly off Hwy 199.