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North Carolina growers became a factor in blueberry production over 60 years ago, starting with 100 acres of the bearing bushes. Today that production has grown to over 2900 harvestable acres from the coast to the mountains.

Highbush blueberries (Vaccinium Corymbosum L.) account for 95% of commercial acreage. Rabbiteye blueberries (Vaccinium Ashei) make up the balance of acreage.

Elizabeth "Swift" Pippin, manager of the Carolina blueberry cooperative from 1941 until 1970, recalls the story of the blueberry in the region beginning in 1936 when Harold Huntington of Cooperstown, New York bought 1,000 acres between Atkinson and Ivanhoe, an area some 40 miles from Wilmington, in the southeastern corner of the state. Huntington paid one dollar an acre for the tract. "He got it so cheap because it was considered worthless swamp," Mrs. Pippin says. "Federal Land Bank would not lend money on this boggy soil as it wasn't considered fertile.*" Huntington planted blueberry bushes brought from New Jersey in the low land area.

A second tract was purchased by Gale Harrison from New Jersey and he paid $7 an acre. Along with local farmers, these newcomers set berries and soon a business was born. They affiliated with a distributor in New Jersey and the crop was shipped by railroad from Atkinson.

Mrs. Pippin says New Jersey had long been the blueberry capital, but the expansion to North Carolina brought in an early berry crop in June to supplement what New Jersey produced in August.


*Quoted from Tidewater, June 1984


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Optimum Temperature: 32 °F
Freezing Temperature: 30 °F
Optimum Humidity: 90-95%
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5 A DAY FARM

Cynthia Callahan
8279 Hillsview Rd
Oakboro, NC 28129
Phone : (704) 485-3329`
Fax : NULL
Email : 5adayfarm@windstream.net
Products : APL, BLB, GRPS, MUSC GRPS, NEC, PCH, PLUMS
Services : Grow
Memberships :
Got To Be NC

AMERICAN BLUEBERRIES INC.

3500 NC Hwy 133
Rocky Point, NC 28457
Phone : (910) 675-8620
Fax : (910) 602-3106
Email : info@lewisfarms.com
Website : http://www.lewisfarms.com
Products : BLB, BKB, STR
Services : Grow, Pack, Ship
Memberships :
Got To Be NC

AUGUSTINE FARMS

William Augustine
213 Wilbur Pridgen rd
Harrells, NC 28444
Phone : (910) 532-4973
Fax : (910) 532-4746
Email : blues@intrstar.net
Website : NULL
Products : BLB
Services : Grow, Pack, Ship

B&B PRODUCE INC.

2778 NC 50 South
Benson, NC 27504
Phone : (919) 894-2527
Fax : (919) 894-2127
Email : bbproduce@hotmail.com
Website : NULL
Products : BLB, SWP, VEG
Services : Ship, Brok, Repack
Memberships :
Got To Be NC

BARNES FOOD COMPANY

PO Box 1558
Elizabethtown, NC 28337
Phone : (910) 862-8801
Fax : (910) 862-8338
Email : barnesfood@intrstar.com
Products : BLB
Services : Grow, Pack, Ship

BLACK RIVER BLUEBERRIES

18957 NC 210 East
Ivanhoe, NC 28447
Phone : (831) 443-2374
Fax : (831) 443-2375
Email : NULL
Website : NULL
Products : BLB
Services : Grow, Pack, Ship, Sales
Memberships :
Got To Be NC

BRITT FARMS

371 Manley Grove Church Road
Mt. Olive, NC 28365
Phone : (919) 580-8720
Fax : (919) 689-2895
Email : jbritt82@bellsouth.net
Website : http://www.brittfarms.net
Products : BLB, EGP, COLL, GRNS, GRAPETOM, PEAS, LET, HDWS, CHRTOM, CUX, CAB, BEETS, BKCHOY, BUT, BCC, POT, PEP, PCH, ONS, OKRA, RAD, SPN, BNS, SQS, CORN, STR, SWIS CHRD, WAT, SPRITE, TOM
Services : Grow

CAROLINA BLUEBERRY ASSOCIATION

PO Box 368
Garland, NC 28441
Phone : (910) 588-4220
Fax : (910) 588-4296
Email : rbangert@carolinablueberry.com
Website : http://www.carolinablueberry.com
Products : BLB
Services : Grow, Pack, Ship
Memberships :
Got To Be NC

COTTLE STRAWBERRY NURSERY, INC

2488 W. NC 403 Hwy
Faison, NC 28341
Phone : (910) 267-4531
Fax : (910) 267-0156
Email : teresa@cottlefarms.com
Website : http://www.cottlefarms.com
Products : BLB, BANPEP, BKB, CANT, CUX, JAL, GRAPETOM, EGP, TOM, PEP, MUSC GRPS, SQS, STR
Services : Grow, Ship
Memberships :
Got To Be NC North Carolina Vegetable Growers Association Global Gap

EASTERN CAROLINA ORGANICS

2210 East Pettigrew St
Durham, NC 27703
Phone : (919) 542-3264
Fax : (919) 545-0059
Email : info@easterncarolinaorganics.com
Website : http://www.easterncarolinaorganics.com
Products : ASP, BLB, CUX, CAR, CAB, BEETS, BKCHOY, BCC, EGP, EDAMAME, COLL, GRNS, GAR, GRN ONS, GRHS VEG, JAL, KALE, MEXVEG, MEL, MXV, LET, TOM, SWP, SPRITE, SLD MIX, TUR, TOMLLO, SWIS CHRD, PEP, ORNVEG, ORG, OKRA, MGR, SQS, CORN, STR, PKN, RAD, SPN, SNOPEA, BNS, ZUCC
Services : Grow, Pack, Ship, Brok
Memberships :
Got To Be NC

FAUCETTE FARMS

7566 Friendship Church rd
Browns Summit, NC 27214
Phone : (336) 669-5262
Fax : (336) 656-5396
Email : mike@faucettefarms.com
Website : http://www.faucettefarms.com
Products : BLB, BASIL, EGP, CUX, SWP, TOM, TUR, POT, SQS, STR, ZUCC
Services : Grow, Pack, Ship
Memberships :
Got To Be NC North Carolina Vegetable Growers Association

GREENLANDS FARM LLC

668 Midway Rd
Bolivia, NC 28422
Phone : (910) 253-7934
Fax : (910) 253-9386
Email : info@greenlandsfarmstore.info
Website : http://greenlandsfarmstore.info
Products : BLB, LET, LEEKS, HERB, KALE, FIGS, EGP, BUT, CAR, CIL, CUX, TOM, WAT, TUR, SWIS CHRD, PER, PEP, OKRA, ONS, SQS
Services : Grow
Memberships :
Got To Be NC

IVANHOE BLUEBERRY FARM

3550 Ivanhoe Road
Ivanhoe, NC 28447
Phone : 9105322880
Fax : 9105322826
Email : ivanhoefarms@intrstar.net
Products : BLB
Services : Grow, Pack
Memberships :
Got To Be NC

KAREFREE PRODUCE

Karen Frye
4680 Hwy 15-501 South
Carthage, NC 28327
Phone : (910) 690-6722
Fax : NULL
Email : karefreefarms.karen@yahoo.com
Website : http://www.karefreeproduce.com
Products : BLB, MEL, PEAS, GRNS, EGP, COLL, PKN, BNS, SPN, STR, CORN, SQS, POT, PEP, MUSC GRPS, ONS, TOM, ZUCC
Services : Grow
Memberships :
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LEWIS NURSERY & FARMS INC.

3500 Hwy 133 West
Rocky Point, NC 28457
Phone : (910) 675-2394
Fax : (910) 602-3106
Email : 1nfcss@bizec.rr.com
Website : http://www.lewisfarms.com
Products : BLB, BKB, STR
Services : Grow, Pack, Ship
Memberships :
Got To Be NC North Carolina Vegetable Growers Association

MOORE'S PRODUCE INC.

PO Box 226 533 Faison Road
Turkey, NC 28393
Phone : (910) 592-6782
Fax : (910) 592-6378
Email : movethemelons@gmail.com
Website : NULL
Products : BLB, WAT
Services : Grow, Pack, Ship, Brok

NATURE'S WAY FARMS INC.

Mark Crawford
7795 Suttontown Road
Faison, NC 28341
Phone : (910) 594-0096
Fax : (910) 594-0419
Email : mark@nwfarms.net
Website : http://www.nwfarms.net
Products : BLB, BKB, CAB, ONS, POT, RASP, SWP, TUR
Services : Grow, Pack, Ship, Brok

SOLO FOODS LLC

PO Box 990 West Progress Drive Extension
Burgaw, NC 28425
Phone : (910) 259-9407
Fax : (910) 259-9437
Email : virginia@solofoods-nc.com
Website : NULL
Products : BLB

TRACTOR FOOD AND FARMS

54 Ferguson Hill Rd, PO BOX 1507
Burnsville , NC 28714
Phone : 828-536-0126
Fax : 828-536-0127
Email : robin.smith@tractorfoodandfarms.com
Website : http://www.tractorfoodandfarms.com
Products : APL, BASIL, KALE, JAL, EGP, LET, GAR, COLL, CUX, BLB, CAB, BCC, SWP, SWIS CHRD, TOM, BNS, CORN, SQS, ROM, SERRAN, SNOPEA, POT, PKN, MUSH, OKRA, ONS, TUR, ZUCC
Services : Pack

UNCLE HENRY'S ORGANICS

Owen Rouse, Tanya Rouse
1533 W Charity Road
Rose Hill, NC 28458
Phone : (910) 376-0621
Email : rousebrothersproduce@gmail.com
Website : http://www.rousebrothersproduce.com
Products : BEETS, BLB, PEAS, SPN, POT, RAD, MUSC GRPS, SWP, TUR, STR, SQS
Services : Grow, Pack, Ship
Memberships :
Got To Be NC

VOLLMER FARM

Russell Vollmer
6777 NC Hwy 98 East
Bunn, NC 27508
Phone : (919) 496-3076
Fax : (919) 496-1762
Email : fun@vollmerfarm.com
Website : http://www.vollmerfarm.com
Products : BLB, BKB, STR, ORG
Services : Grow
Memberships :
Got To Be NC