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Closed for the 2019 season
Due to a very busy Saturday I won’t be opening on Sunday the 3rd of March 2019 as the berries have all been picked.
Lovely to see returning and new customers and I look forward to seeing you all in 2020. Cheers Carolann
I accept cash and eftpos but not credit cards.
Typically the PYO for blueberries will start around the end of the first week in January and go through to the second week of March.
Open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9am till 5pm.
If you are unable to come during these times please ring me and see if we can arrange another time ph 04 5287581.
Please see the blog for picking updates or any changes to the hours.
Directions from SH 2
Address: 971 Whitemans Valley Rd, Upper Hutt
Take exit for Silver Stream
Continue on Fergusson Dr
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Field St
At the roundabout, take the 1st exit onto Kiln St
At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Whitemans Rd
Slight right onto Blue Mountains Rd
Stay on Blue Mountains Rd for 5.3km
Turn left onto Whitemans Valley Rd
Destination will be on the right, look for the PYO blueberries sign.
I never intended being a blueberry farmer but here I am and here’s how. There used to be an organic PYO blueberry farm just down the road that had been there for years that the farmer had started as a retirement job but he was getting on in years and decided to sell and move to a retirement village. The new owners tried the PYO business for a year or two but decided that they really wanted the land for their horses so the blueberries had to go. There were rumours that they were going to be taken to the tip and as I woke up one morning I decided that they were coming to my place as my farm is just down the road and has even more appropriate soil for them and going to the tip, they were not.
One of the two original farmers who planted them thirty years ago was more than happy to come out of retirement and the other who hadn’t quite retired yet was equally as happy as they considered them their blueberries and no one else was to be trusted to move them. It took months for the weather to dry enough to get the machinery up to them for the shift so instead of them being transplanted in the middle of winter it was the middle of summer before the shift could begin. A team of wwoofers and myself had been up in the winter to radically cut them back in readiness for the move but as time went on they just considered that had been just a jolly good pruning.
Off the two farmers went with a digger, tractor and really large tractor trailer. The digger had already dug trenches at my farm for the blueberries to be planted into. Out of the two thousand shifted down eight hundred and fifty survived the February heat and transplant but at least they were given a chance. So oddly now I have a PYO blueberry farm which I really enjoy as I get to meet all the neighbours and loads of other really nice people as well. Some of the people were taken to pick blueberries by their parents at the previous farm and loved it so much that they now bring their children to the very same plants but in a different location.