How about fresh picked blueberries? Yes, it’s possible at Babb Blueberry Farm! My friend Jenny and I went to visit them last week, and here is what we captured!
Meet Rick – the owner of the farm and the guy in charge. He said he loved picking blueberries but most places wanted you in and out pretty quick. That’s why he decided to start his own farm and have a relaxed easy-going atmosphere.
The farm is located at 2751 Highway 50
Beaufort, Missouri 63013 – half way between Beaufort and Union on Hwy 50, across from St. Jordan’s Rd. Rick initially bought the property to turn it into a subdivision, but then he decided not to sell it and have a farm instead.
The property had a small pond which Rick expanded into a nice lake, and they cleared some land to plant the blueberry bushes. The first year it took some trial and error to get the soil acidity right, the second year the crops were much better, and the third year they managed to harvest some wonderful berries.
Rick has about 1700 plants from the Duke and Chandler varieties, and there is lots of room on the farm to grow more. Sadly, the harsh winter took its toll on the blueberry bushes, but there are still enough left for you to go and pick your own.
Rick lives on the farm, and his house has solar water and floor heat and a wood-burning stove. All of his children live nearby and bring their kids to play outside. His daughter Amy helps him a lot with the work on the farm and his grandchildren enjoy fresh air and blueberries all day long.
Families with kids are welcome to come pick berries and then enjoy nature around the lake and relax under the shade.
Rick hosts homeschooling groups and even kids’ birthday parties. He enjoys the community aspect of having the farm, and on Sundays his church holds their service on his property.
The farm is all natural, with no pesticides or herbicides. Rick said that when kids pick the berries they instinctively put them in their mouth, that’s why he does not spray any chemicals on them. Instead, he uses peppermint soap to fight the caterpillars.
Rick also uses organic fertilizer for the blueberry bushes. Irrigation is provided by water from the lake.
Apart from blueberries, the family also has a vegetable garden. They grow enough for themselves and can and freeze the extra produce.
I got to try fresh raw asparagus for the first time and I loved it!
Nothing beats the taste of fresh home-grown veggies. The family grows spinach all winter long, which is available locally at Schnucks.
Rick does not sell blueberry plants, but he’s hoping that in the future he will be able to grow some and have them for sale.
The farm is officially open today and you can go and pick your own berries! Times and dates are posted on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Babb-Blueberry-Farm/236131889798162?fref=photo If you don’t have time to pick your own berries, they will pick them for you. The blueberries are also available locally at Schnucks in Washington, Tood Geisert Farm, Fricks in Union and Country Mart in St. Clair.
You can also get frozen berries in winter! Or call ahead and have Rick pick them and freeze them for you!
Blueberry jam, anyone? It’s available at the farm. In the near figure Rick is hoping to have a commercial kitchen, which will allow him to sell the jam in the stores. He will also like to host canning classes and community cook outs.
The biggest complement Rick ever got was when a customer came up to him one day at the Farmers’ Market and asked him what’s the difference between his blueberries and the much cheaper ones he had just bought at the store. Rick told him to just try one of his berries. The customer did, and left with a pack leaving the store-bought blueberries behind.
There is so much that goes on in managing a farm and growing food, hence the slightly higher price of home-grown veggies and fruit. However, what you pay for is the real thing, naturally grown under the sunshine with all the good nutrients and vitamins. It takes less good food to sustain you, because it’s packed with all you need to live a happy and vital life.
Not only are the blueberries at Babb Blueberry Farm more than delicious, but also the atmosphere at the farm is one of peace and harmony with nature. Guests are welcome to linger and enjoy the countryside, mush more quiet and relaxing than city life.
We not only got to try fresh blueberries and asparagus, but we also got to take some kale home. Visiting with Rick was a delight, it’s refreshing to know that there are such real, honest and kind people in our community who are willing to work hard to benefit others.
You can pick your own blueberries at Babb Blueberry Farm on Wednesdays and Saturdays, dates and times are regularly posted on their Facebook page.
Follow Babb Blueberry Farm here. The farm is located at 2751 Highway 50 in Beaufort, Missouri 63013 – half way between Beaufort and Union on Hwy 50, across from St. Jordan’s Rd. Contact them at 636.582.005 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you visit them this summer! 🙂