Blueberry Acres U-Pick

Organization Sponsor: Nova Agri Inc.nova.

Organization Partner: Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture

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Program Description

Looking for a fun family activity? Drive to the country and enjoy the great outdoors. While at Blueberry Acres, pick your own blueberries in our u-pick which spreads over 14 acres in the beautiful Annapolis Valley. Washrooms and refreshments are available onsite at "Between the Bushes Restaurant". If you would like something quick to eat, our Front Porch u-pick cashier will be happy to provide you with our take-out menu, or perhaps you would like to reserve a table at our climate controlled restaurant upon your arrival.

We supply everything you need for picking your own “fresh and good-for-you” blueberries. Our friendly u-pick staff is available to answer your questions and make the experience a fun time for all.

At Blueberry Acres we have seven regular varieties of blueberries to u-pick: Blue Crop, Blue Ray, Bonus, Berkley, Duke, Jersey, and Spartan. Each berry offers a unique flavor and is equally nutritious and delicious. At Blueberry Acres U-Pick, 10 minutes of picking will give you enough berries for two pies!The price for u-pick berries this season is $2.15 per pound, which includes a Blueberry Acres u-pick box for convient carrying, and travelling ease.

Program Approximate Cost: 

$2.15 pound

Funding Sources: 

Nova Agri

Strategies For Sustainability: 

The farm began as a feasibility trial initiated by the Federal Government to test commercial growing of highbush blueberries in Atlantic Canada.

Blueberry Acres has increased in size from the 60 acres first planted in Sheffield Mills for the trial to three locations totalling over 140 acres (and is still expanding). Over 30 varieties are grown on the farm with new ones being added to meet growing demand.Our bushes are hand pruned and the fruit hand harvested to yield the best quality berry. Our plants range form 1 to 45 years old, producing over a million pounds of blueberries a year. Fresh fruit is available from the end of July to mid-October (depending on pollination and weather conditions)

Impact Of Program: 

This project has grown and expand since its inception. 250-300 people a day are often seen picking berries at this location.

Evaluation Tools: 

Feedback from participants. Research teams evaluate the quality of berry production.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

This farm expanded it services to accommodate the general public. It has service vehicle for fun and for the disabled.It has a 100 year old tea room,washrooms and refreshments. They provide all the equipment needed to pick berries. Gazebos, outhouse, drinking water are provided.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

The weather and growing condition can effect berry picking. Please call ahead of time and reserve a time.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This project began in 1960. The tea room and u-pick expanded in 2001.

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