WHERE DO OUR BLUEBERRIES COME FROM?
Michigan Blueberries from LeDuc Farm - NEW FOR 2018!
We are excited to add LeDuc Farm Blueberries to our truck this summer! This family-owned farm was started by Roger and Jackie LeDuc in 1955 with about 100 blueberry plants on 60 acres in Paw Paw, Michigan, just west of Kalamazoo. Today, there are over 500,000 plants on 500 acres, including blueberries and strawberries. Their son, Joe and his wife Chantal own and operate the farm.
Why Michigan Blueberries?
Blueberries thrive in acidic soil with plenty of moisture, and lower Michigan has the perfect soil and rainfall to grow plump, sweet blueberries without custom irrigation. LeDuc Farms also enjoys the protection of Lake Michigan to its west, which helps provide the milder winter and long, cool spring needed to keep the blueberry plants healthy.
How to Store Blueberries
Inspect your box of blueberries immediately when you get them home and remove any soft or bad berries. Refrigerate them promptly and use them within about a week, unless you plan to freeze them. Rinse them thoroughly before eating or using them in recipes. Learn more about freezing blueberries on our Fruit storage page.
BLUEBERRY NUTRITION FACTS
1 cup of Michigan blueberries has:
FUN BLUEBERRY FACTS
- July is National Blueberry Month (as declared by the USDA in 2003).
- Blueberries are grown on two types of bushes: lowbush which are a little over 3 feet tall, and highbush, which can grow to be 13 feet tall.
- There are hundreds of varieties of blueberries, and each one tastes a bit different. Joe LeDuc tells folks who say they don’t like blueberries, “you just haven’t tried the right variety!”
- Blueberries and many other fruit and vegetable crops are pollinated by wild bees, bumble bees and honeybees.
- It takes 3-4 years for a newly planted blueberry bush to start producing harvestable fruit.
- According to folklore, early American colonists boiled blueberries in milk to make grey paint.
- The blueberry is related to the azalea (yes, the flower!).
How much do your blueberries cost?
Our 2018 price is $17 per 5 pound box.
How do I store my blueberries when I get them home?
Inspect your blueberries and remove any soft or bad berries immediately - mold spreads quickly. Refrigerate them promptly and plan to use them within about a week unless you are freezing them. Rinse them thoroughly before eating. Learn more about freezing on our Fruit Storage page.
What methods of payment do you accept?
For safety reasons we prefer personal checks, but we also accept cash. Our trucks attract big crowds, so please come with your check made out to Willow Fruit or the correct change to keep the line moving for everyone.
Can I pre-order my Michigan Blueberries?
Sorry, due to our tight schedule and how short the blueberry season is, we cannot accept pre-orders. We encourage you to follow us on Facebook and join our email list to receive the most up-to-date info about our truck schedule and availability of fruit.
What is the white film on the blueberries?
The white powdery film on blueberries is a natural protective coating similar to what you might see on plums or apples and is called “bloom.” It’s perfectly safe but should be washed off before eating.
How are blueberries harvested?
At LeDuc Farms, 90% of the fresh blueberries sold are hand-picked. They employ about 300 seasonal workers during harvest time.