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Talking Rock’s 5 Sons Farm is open for the blueberry picking season. They have 2,400 blueberry bushes.

It’s blueberry time in North Georgia!

By Xaviere Chatagnier. Photos by Xaviere Chatagnier

The first blueberries showed up at the market last Saturday. Yes, it was a nasty, rainy day to be out. So, I figured I could sleep in a bit and didn’t show up till 8:15 thinking that no one else would be out in this weather. Wrong, there was a line at Zach Henson’s table and Jenny had already sold out of her cucumbers and blueberries. I did score new potatoes from the Johnsons and a ton of squash as well. Not to mention, a very delicious cinnamon roll from Brandy Hays. I was okay that I lost out on the blueberries because I was going blueberry picking no matter the weather.

Talking Rock’s 5 Sons Farm is open for the blueberry picking season. They have 2,400 blueberry bushes that I swear have doubled in size since last year. John Culbertson gave me a private tour of the farm.  It was only private because it was pouring down rain but I was quite happy walking those fields with that ever so handsome man!  

At first glance I figured I would never pick a gallon, especially holding my umbrella. Wrong again (twice in the same day), I quickly picked a gallon of plump, super tasty berries. And, I had a grand time!  So yes, they are open and the gallon price is the same as last year. They have several different varieties that ripen at different times to extend the season. These blueberries are healthily grown using organic methods and some serious weeding!

5 Sons Farm is located at 639 Hamrick Rd in Talking Rock. Well, it is technically in Talking Rock but I think of it as being more in Jasper. Hamrick is located 7.9 miles west of 515 and 53.  Basically, go about eight miles past Home Depot. Just before you get to Hamrick Rd, you will see the Hinton Milling store (I also love stopping in this feed/plant store). You have to call John first to make sure that the blueberry picking is optimal. Look them up at 5sonsfarm.com or you can find them on Facebook. Either way you need to call John at 404-202-4709 before you head over there.

They also have over 80 gorgeous heirloom tomato plants. No, it is not tomato season yet. As John said, blueberries tend to be around the first of the summer and tomatoes July 4th. Blueberries freeze beautifully but since I plan on going back several times, a gallon was just right.

Zach Henson plans to have lots more yellow squash, zucchini, patty pan squash (think grilling), sugar snap peas, cucumbers, lettuce, onions, garlic, herbs and kale. The Johnsons have delicious new potatoes (they were fantastic tonight with Zach’s dill), squash and mustard greens. Jenny should have cucumbers and squash. Brandy Hays makes a mean cinnamon roll and pumpkin roll. Luckily for us, Canton closed last weekend due to weather so Rosita was selling her tamales. Whenever I see her, I stock up since you don’t know when she will appear again. Hopefully the weather will hold up this weekend and Red Bean Coffee will be there. Those cinnamon rolls just taste better with their coffee!

After the Jasper Farmers Market, I drove up to get beets from Donny and Carolyn at the Ellijay market. I bought 14 bunches of the prettiest beets you will ever find. No, they weren’t all for me. Donny says that he should have beets till the end of the month. He also had lettuce, zephyr squash and onions. Next to the Hill Valley Farm table was Mr. Hill (Carolyn’s dad) with really nice new potatoes. Though I had just gotten some from Jasper, I couldn’t resist buying more. The Ellijay market is located in Downtown Ellijay.

Home Restaurant is buying beets, lettuce and squash from Donny this week. Chad is selling John carrots, squash and beans. Costley Farms has lettuce, arugula, herbs and kale. John Lupi is also getting his basil and dill from me. I guess you can tell what will be on the menu at Home Restaurant this week.  Jenna, 61 Main, also buys a ton of local produce. Think about this, these farmers all grow using organic methods and supply our local restaurants. How cool is that?

Eat Local and Buy Local,

Xaviere

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