Blueberry and Texas Blueberry Festival tidbits
Posted 05 - 10 - 2010


 






  • The Texas Blueberry Festival is a litter-free event thanks to Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful. Anyone may volunteer a little bit of their time to help KNB out during the festival to keep the brick streets clean and pretty for the thousands of festival visitors. Church groups, families, youth organizations are all welcome! Call 560-5624 or go to www.KeepNacBeautiful.org for more information. Thank you KNB – for keeping the Texas Blueberry Festival beautiful!!!





  • At the festival Fresh Nacogdoches County blueberries grown by Hayter’s Mill Creek Farm will be for sale. Or Pick Your Own blueberries at a local farm. The festival shuttles will take you to the farm and bring you back to downtown.

     - Fresh Blueberries for Sale

    8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Downtown at the east end of the festival on Main Street. Near the Main Street stage.

    Pints for $2.00/ea. and Flats (12 pints) for $20.00. If purchasing a flat (12 pints) or more, you may pick up a ticket that can be redeemed for blueberries later that day. Look for a separate line for pick up.

    Sponsor: Hayter's Mill Creek Farm

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    Blueberry Farm Pick and Peek

    8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free shuttles periodically from N. Church St. to The Blueberry Place. $1.25 a pound, pick your own berries fresh from the bush.

    Sponsor
    s: The Blueberry Place, Brookshire Brothers, Tipton Ford, Pinecrest Children's Academy, Nacogdoches Medical Center, Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital




  • The Max & Dagger Show will have 2 performances on Festival Plaza stage at the June 12 festival, in the morning. Click here to view a video of the show.

     


  • Nacogdoches Main Street will hold a blueberry-themed display window decorating contest. All downtown merchants may enter. Click here to read more.

     


  • Nacogdoches County is the #1 blueberry producing county in the state. We’re the biggest blueberry county in the state where everything is bigger.






  • Blueberries are one of only three fruits native to North America (the others are Concord grapes and cranberries).




-information taken from U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. Read more...



 





THE ALL-AMERICAN BLUEBERRY: A BRIEF HISTORY



 



Blueberries are one of only three fruits native to North America (the others are Concord grapes and cranberries), but until fairly recently, the mystery of cultivating plump, juicy blueberries for widespread use remained unsolved.



 



The first colonists adopted the practices of Native Americans, picking wild blueberries to eat fresh during the summer or dry for the winter.  Over time, farmers and horticulturalists tried to grow blueberries, but their experiments invariably failed. 



 



Then, in the early 20th century, Elizabeth White initiated the work that led to the cultivation of the  “high bush” varieties that produce the sweet, juicy berries we enjoy today.



 



White was born in 1871 and lived on a cranberry farm in Whitesbog, New Jersey, where blueberries grew around the bogs and in the piney woods near her home. In 1911, she read about Dr. Frederick Coville’s research in blueberry cultivation for the USDA and, realizing its potential, White was determined to work with Coville to develop a blueberry bush that could be planted and grown on farms.



 



After only five years, White and Coville had created new cultivars that consistently produced large, juicy berries by crossing carefully selected wild varieties. White then began an entirely new business—a nursery that supplied blueberry bushes to farmers in southern New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon and Washington, and a flourishing industry took root. 



 



Elizabeth White is remembered for her pioneering efforts in blueberry cultivation, her business prowess and ingenuity. She shipped fresh blueberries from her 90-acre farm to grocery stores and was the first fruit grower to cover containers with cellophane, which revolutionized the way fruit was transported and handled. In 1927, working in a business



 



world dominated by men, she helped organize the New Jersey Blueberry Cooperative Association to support growers in the burgeoning blueberry business. She was the first woman to receive the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s citation and received numerous other awards and medals from horticultural organizations in many states. White lived at “Suningive,” her home in Whitesbog, until her death in 1954.



 



Today, thanks to White’s and Coville’s vision and work, blueberries are commercially grown in 38 states and two Canadian provinces with new acres producing more blueberries than ever before, continuing and expanding a long tradition of blueberries in American culinary heritage.



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