Slower picking this week so this will be the last weekend with us staffing the farm. After this, we will be open by appointment: reach out to us if you want to pick on a Saturday or Sunday.
Our later varieties are available for picking: Eberhardts, Dixies, Rubels, Stanleys, and Jerseys (rows 2, 3, 6, 8 and 9). The back field will be closed for picking this weekend.
Many of you may have heard me talk about the history of the Rubels, a cultivated wild blueberry from New Jersey named after it's "finder": Rube Leek.
"Of the 100 transplanted wildlings, only a few proved worthy of propagating. The best, found by a man named Rube Leek, led White and Coville to a struggle with naming. “Rube,” White commented, seemed “a poor name for an aristocratic bush.” “Leek” obviously was no better and “savored of onions.” Finally Coville thought of adding the last initial to Rube, and thus Rubel—a gem, a money-maker—was named. Although its berries are small by modern standards, farmers still grow this variety today, especially after scientists discovered high concentrations of antioxidants in its fruit." Jim Minick, June 29, 2016, JSTOR Daily (https://daily.jstor.org/delicious-origins-of-domesticated-…/)