2018 Southern Illinois Summer Twilight Series - Blueberry Hill Farm - Union County
Time:Begins at 6:00 PM
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Blueberry Hill was established by Charlie Stadelbacher many years ago as a u-pick operation for blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Bill Bass and family purchased the farm a couple of years ago and continue to grow and sell blueberries and blackberries. Bill is an experienced fruit and vegetable grower and operates a thriving retail specialty crops business just outside of Cobden, IL. While folks can still u-pick blueberries and blackberries at Blueberry Hill, much of the fruit from this farm is also pre-picked and sold through Bass Farms’ numerous retail outlets. Current plantings at Blueberry Hill include 7 acres of blueberries and 3 acres of blackberries.
Over the course of the evening, Bill will share his experiences getting starting and expanding his production over the years. We will be covering everything from establishing and maintaining blueberry and blackberry plantings to post harvest handling and marketing. We encourage anyone interested in learning more about diverse fruit production and marketing in southern Illinois to capitalize on this on-farm learning and networking opportunity.
Cost: This program is provided at no cost but pre-registration is appreciated.
Registration: Online registration form
From the South (Anna): Go north on US-51 for 6 miles, turn left on to Blueberry Hill Road for almost 1 mile. Then turn right onto Wright’s Crossing Rd. The farm will be on the left. From the North (Carbondale): Go south on US-51 for 12 miles, turn right on to Blueberry Hill Road for almost 1 mile. Then turn right onto Wright’s Crossing Rd. The farm will be on the left.