Elizabeth White and Dr. Frederick Colville blessed us by producing the first cultivated crop of blueberries at the turn of the 20th century. Since then, dozens of cultivated highbush blueberry varieties have come to flourish across the U.S., Canada, South America and beyond. (Blueberry Council)
Here at Brookside Farms, we grow multiple varieties for U-Pick and farm pick. Our customers often ask about the types of varieties we have available. Below we list each of the varieties on our farms, the typical timeframe the various berries are ready, and even links to few recipes. Remember, the time frames listed here are ranges and not set in stone. We love all varieties and encourage you to give them all a try. Available varieties can change quickly depending on the number of U-Pick customers and weather conditions. Please remember that we do not control which varieties become available and for how long.
Blueberry varieties that can be found on our farms (not all available for U-Pick, see below):
Bluecrop: This variety is firm, slightly aromatic and popular. It is typically ready to be picked between mid- and late-July.
Bluetta: Bluettas are soft, fair and have a mild taste. They are typically ready to be picked between early- and mid-July.
Blue Jay: Light in color, medium in size and long lasting on the bush, this berry is a favorite for freezing, making pies, and so much more. This variety is typically ready to be picked between mid- and late-July.
Blue Ray: This sweet and aromatic variety is typically ready to be picked starting in mid-July through late July.
Berkley: This powdery-blue berry is often large, typically ready to be picked between mid-July and early-August.
Collins: Collins ripen in mid-season and have a beautiful sweet blueberry flavor. They don’t typically drop off the bush early and are resistant to cracking. They are very firm and light-blue in color.
Coville: This large, light-blue fruit is tart on the bush until fully ready to harvest then is sweet and tasty. It is typically ready to be picked from mid-July to mid-August.
Duke: Dukes are a firm and tasty variety that is typically ready to be picked in early- to mid-July.
Elliott: This firm and mild berry is ready for picking late in the season, typically in the late-July and mid-August range. When picking this berry, be sure to pick only fully ripe berries.
Jersey: This popular berry has a classic taste and stores well. It is typically ready to pick in the late-July to mid-August timeframe.
Patriot: This firm, aromatic and very tasty berry is typically ready to be picked between late June and early July.
Rubel: This small berry is said to make the best pies and pastries. It is typically ready to be picked between mid-July and mid-August.
Sensation: Sensation berries are mid-sized and are quite tasty. These berries are typically ready to be picked through the late June to mid-July timeframe.
Mystery: As we have acquired properties over the years, we also acquired the original plants, beloved by previous owners but in some cases not identified by variety. Both the Paw Paw and Martin farms feature blueberries the previous owners referred to as “good ones.” Just as tasty as all the other varieties, definitely worth a try.
U-Pick by Farm (this is a guideline and does not guarantee availability of any of the following varieties at any particular time):
Paw Paw: Early season – Bluetta, Patriot; Mid-season – Bluecrop, Blue Jay, Berkley, Collins; Late-Season – Jersey
Martin: Early season – Sensation, Patriot (limited quantity); Mid-season – Blue Ray; Late-Season – Jersey, Rubel
Gobles: Early season – Patriot; Mid-season – Bluecrop, Blue Jay, Coville, Jersey
If you plan to pick your own berries, please refer to our U-Pick Tips. Most importantly, make sure to pick only fully ripe berries for the best flavor.