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!!!
- Fresh Blueberries for
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Downtown at the east end of the festival on
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
- Blueberry Farm Pick and Peek
8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free shuttles periodically from
-information taken from U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. Read more...
Blueberries are one of only three fruits native to North America (the others are
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
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
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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