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Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Central-East North Carolina in 2024, by county

Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!

Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!

PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.

Edgecombe County

  • JOJU Farm - blueberries, U-pick and already picked, farm animals
    210 W Logsboro Road, Tarboro, NC 27886. Phone: 252-370-0700. Email: john@teamtoyzilla.com. Open: June - August; Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm; Week Days Call Ahead. Directions: from Tarboro off highway 33. left on W Logsboro Road 2nd house on right. from rock mount highway 97, right on W logsboro road 4 mile 1st house on left. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check. . . Blueberry June thru August.

Greene County

  • Jones Fruit Farm - Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Peaches, Strawberries
    7094 Beaman Old Creek Road, Walstonburg, NC 27888. Phone: (252) 747-3989. Open: Monday to Saturday 8 am to 7 pm; late June-Aug. Click here for a map and directions. . Other Click here for a map to the farm. Open Typical harvest dates: Strawberries - April-June Peaches - June-August Cabbage - May Blueberries - June-July Cantaloupes & Melons - July-August. Special Services: Homemade ice cream (in-season fruits); Call in orders accepted. Located 8 miles north of Snow Hill off Hwy 58 on Beaman Old Creek Road (1222).

Lenoir County

  • T.C. Smith Produce Farm - Blueberries, Strawberries
    464 Smith-Grady Road, Seven Springs, NC 28578. Phone: (252) 569-7011. Email: tcsmithproduce@coastalnet.com. Open: Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm, Monday to Saturday 7:30 am to 6:30 pm; Apr 10- December 1. Directions: Located off Hwy 55 west of Kinston , past Moss Hill School . First paved road turn left at Strabane Crossroads .6 mile on right. Watch for signs. . Click here for a map and directions. . Other Phone: (252) 521-3503. Open Click here for a map to the farm. Typical harvest dates: Strawberries - April-June Red Potatoes - May Cabbage, Cucumber & Squash - May-June Blueberries - June-July Cantaloupe, Watermelon & Tomatoes - June-August Sweet Potatoes & Collards - October- December. Picnic facilities.

Martin County

  • Farmer's Garden - Berry Patch - Blueberries, Strawberries
    PO Box 250, Robersonville, NC 27871. Phone: (252) 795-5296. Open: Monday to Saturday 7:30 am to 6 pm. Directions: Located Hwy 64 east about one mile east of Robersonville. Click here for a map and directions. . Other Phone: (252) 795-4776. Click here for a map to the farm. Open Typical harvest dates: Strawberries - April-June Blueberries - June-August. .

Pitt County

  • Renston Garden Market - apples, beets, blueberries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, Muscadines, grapes, melons, pears, peaches, pecans , peppers, summer squash, tomatoes,
    4024 Highway 903 South, Winterville, NC 28590. Phone: 252 756 3343. Email: andyrenston@hotmail.com. Open: Monday through Saturday during pick your own seasons from 8 until noon. Directions: we are exactly 3.5 miles south of Winterville on highway 903. . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, WIC Vouchers.
    Renston Garden Market Facebook page. . our primary crops are: pick your own blueberries from the last week in May until the middle of July; peaches, apples, bunch grapes, and muscadine grapes which begin in June and run through September; We have a Christmas sell for handmade pottery and sell selected shrubbery in fall, winter, and spring.

 

Blueberry

Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information

Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests, (other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is fantastic (see related news story), thanks both to the weather and to more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other health properties of blueberries.

Click here to find a local Blueberry Festival (usually held between April and July).

If you are looking for information about a similar berry, the saskatoon (also called the June berry or Serviceberry) see this page about saskatoons.

Picking tips:

Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any hint of red isn't fully ripened.

Ripening AFTER picking?

First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not "ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple, red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room temperature to "ripen").

As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.

Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.

So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!

How to pick blueberries

Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.

When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!). A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated in clusters.

Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:

  • Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form in the container.
  • Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from becoming mushy.
  • Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home, without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
  • Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze, then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.

Blueberry Measurements and Conversions

Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture content, so these ranges are approximates.

  • 1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4 liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)

  • 1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1 liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)

  • 1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and 3 cups of berries.

  • It takes about 4 cups (about of blueberries to make a blueberry pie (see this fantastic and easy blueberry pie recipe)

  • A normal batch of blueberry preserves, jam or jelly requires 5 pints of berries.

  • Blueberries do come in a variety of sizes from small (190-250 berries per cup) to extra large (<90 berries per cup).

Blueberry Recipes, Canning and Freezing Blueberries

Recipes

Canning, freezing and other blueberry recipes:

Baking tips

If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:

  • Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
  • It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a little thicker!
  • Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The blueberries will start off higher in the mix!

Other Local Farm Products (Honey, Horses, Milk, Meat, Eggs, Etc.)
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