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Forbidden Fruit First Blueberries Of The Season

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Perfect weather has given us perfect blueberries! Earl’s is well-known for the terrific Forbidden Blueberries, from Lompoc, California, and they are available now.   Blueberries are very weather dependent, and so far the season’s great weather of warm days and cool nights has resulted in an early first wave of these delectable treats. These are the only California blueberries that you will see next to the Chilean blueberries that have been available so far this season.  Each year the season and volume is a little different and historically we have seen the first blueberries of the season start as early as November or as late as January.

Sandy Newman started Forbidden Fruit Orchards in 2002 and now has over 14,000 blueberry bushes on her 6 acre property. The farm is located about 15 miles from the ocean in Pinot Noir country in northern Santa Barbara County. The soil is very sandy providing excellent drainage and the ability to grow just about anything. Their main crop is southern highbush organic blueberries that produce large, crisp, flavorful berries.  These are hybrids of blueberries which grew wild when European settlers first arrived in the New World and were developed to grow in California and other climates with low chill hours.  The blueberries grow in hoop houses covered in netting all year to keep out the birds.  During the winter overhead irrigation is used to prevent frost.  The water is warmer than the cold air and by keeping the water going at a moderate rate it prevents frost from forming on the fruit and leaves.

We will have a limited supply of these blueberries intermittently, depending on the weather so make sure to try them while they’re in.




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