Fritts Berry Farm has nearly 25 acres of fresh blueberries with six individual (and tasty) varieties. Most people don’t know that berries come in different varieties. Think about apples. When choosing apples, you might select varieties like Red Delicious, Gala or Granny Smith. When visiting a berry farm, you might purchase or pick varieties such as Bluecrop or Jersey. It’s nearly impossible to choose which variety customers get to pick. Instead, customers will pick the variety that is ripe at that time. Although picking blueberries isn’t quite the same as selecting apples at the grocery store, it is just as delicious and healthy.
The first variety to ripen for the season. Earliblue bushes produce extra-large fruit with a mild taste. It’s always exciting to see the Earliblues ripening. They taste excellent when you’ve been waiting all year for a fresh berry!
This sweet-tart flavored berry has a high yield potential and arrives mid-season. The bushes tend to weigh down due to heavy fruit bearing. The fruit size is very good. Blueray and Bluecrop are the varieties most likely to be picked by you and your family.
Bluecrop produces a medium sized, firm fruit with a delicious sweet flavor. Bluecrop and Blueray both are mid-season bearing bushes and most likely to land in your buckets and homes when you come to Fritts Berry Farm.
This firm, light blue and very large fruit has good storage capacity. Berkley’s flavor is mild or fair. This berry was one of “Granny” Barb Fritts’ favorites!
The Elliott berry is another late season berry with a good shelf life. Elliotts are relatively rare at our berry farm. The bushes produce large and firm berries but can be relatively tart.
The latest variety of the season, Jersey’s are often harvested by machine and sent to market. This smaller, softer berry is one of our sweetest varieties and a favorite for baking.