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Go ‘blue’ at EDH farm

By From page A1 | May 21, 2014

Three to four weeks a year are optimal for blueberry picking at one El Dorado Hills farm — a short window to gather those “blue jewels” as owners Mike and Janet Suttles like to call their cherished crop at Once in a Blue Moon Berries.

Now in its fifth season, the one-acre blueberry farm nestled within five-acres of property off Malcolm Dixon Road has 650 plants, producing 5 to 10 pounds of blueberries each. They open for business the last week in May and will stay open until supplies last or mid-June.

“Sometimes we get cleared out and have to close for a day or two,” said Janet. “It’s best to call before coming out.”

They provide the picking baskets and sell by the container, ranging from a strawberry size basket to one that holds 4 pounds.

The Suttles love sharing their harvest with the public. “We wanted to do something with our property,” said Janet. “It’s especially fun to see kids come out to pick who have never seen food grow.”

They’re proud of their practices too. “Blueberries should be organic and healthy,” said Janet. “We pull all weeds by hand and use only OMRI (Organic Materials Review Institute) organic certified products.”

Once in a Blue Moon Berries is located at 1820 Arroyo Vista Way in El Dorado Hills. The farm will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and by special appointment. For more information call (916) 600-8962 or visit onceinabluemoonberries.com.

Julie Samrick

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