The berry farm is closed for the season. After a long period of mild fall weather we had a killing frost on October 28 (it was 18 degrees) bringing the season to an end. Many thanks to all for your support in 2013.
Over the off season, you can order our raw honey or Patricia’s jam (while they last) by writing to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And see you next summer!
We are a pick-your-own (PYO) farm or you can buy pre-picked berries at our farm store, along with our certified organic jam, honey from the farm’s bees, local maple syrup, coffee, and books. We also have free wireless Internet connection at the farm store.
Our berries are Certified Organic and the best flavor you can imagine. Maybe even beyond your imagination! Come and pick your own for the best value, or buy your berries pre-picked at our farm store (please understand if we sometimes can’t keep up with demand!).
We are open from July 4 weekend through Columbus Day weekend. The picking season runs from early July through through until the first frost, which in recent years has been around Columbus Day. Raspberries ripen first (this year we expect them around July 7). Blueberries are ready in late July usually (probably July 21 t his year). Blackberries ripen around Labor Day and the 2013 fruit set looks great in the blueberries. We harvested a small crop of Cherries in 2009–our first from these young trees–but frost and damp weather this year ruined the crop again. Growing cherries in our location is turning out to be a real challenge.
Berry picking is what our ancestors did in ancient times, and picking your own berries in their natural organic state recreates a primal human experience. It is utterly unlike the world of TV and electronic entertainment, and is inherently refreshing. This is absolutely the best time a family can spend together in the summer! And good for your health too. Blueberries in particular are a super food with phenomenal healing and rejuvenative properties. For more info check out our Berry Info page.
We might just have the BEST berries in central Vermont, or maybe in all of New England! (This is our view, but we are not biased of course!)
Sunshine Valley Berry Farm (formerly Blair’s Berry Farm)
Rob Meadows & Patricia Rydle
129 Ranger Road
PO Box 49
Rochester, VT 05767
find us: we are 2 miles north of Rochester, VT, on Route 100, turn in at the Forest Service Ranger Station, go straight ahead…..you are there!
or go to Google Maps:
type in: 129 Ranger Road 05767
802-767-3989 at the farm, early July through first frost
802-767-9385 at the office, or after hours year-round