Frequently Asked Questions
How fresh are my blueberries?
VERY fresh! Your blueberries are harvested the day before you pick them up. We chill them overnight and winnow them the next morning through a series of belts and blowers. Your wild blueberries make their way from our field to your table in 24 hours. That’s FRESH, and you will taste the difference!
What can I expect?
At Alexander’s farm, you will find delicious native wild blueberries that are extra flavorful and large in size thanks to soil rich in organic matter. Our soil is not the typical sandy land. If you purchase fresh packed (winnowed) blueberries, you will find occasional stems and sometimes a leaf due to the nature of the process. Fresh packed blueberries do not have the same dry nature as handpicked blueberries, but they do have all of the flavor without the time and work!
Do you use insecticides?
We do NOT spray your blueberries with any insecticides. We do use herbicides in the “dormant” fields, in the year the various fields do not produce blueberries. But in the harvest fields, your blueberries are not sprayed with any insecticides.
Can I freeze my blueberries?
Yes, that is one of the BEST things about wild blueberries. They retain their exceptional flavor and nutritional value when frozen. (We put 20+ boxes in our personal freezer every year.)
What do you mean when you say you “winnow” my blueberries?
To winnow means to blow a current of air through (the blueberries) in order to remove the chaff. We fresh pack (winnow) the blueberries through a series of belts, blowers, and conveyors.
When are the blueberries available?
The season for FRESH blueberries typically begins the first week in August and lasts approximately 2-3 weeks. As with any farming operation, weather dictates the exact dates. Once the season begins, we winnow blueberries every day (weather permitting), Monday through Saturday, until all of the fields are harvested. FROZEN blueberries are available early in August through early fall, while supplies last.
Why order early?
We produce a limited supply of winnowed wild blueberries (leaves and chaff are removed through a series of air blowers and conveyors). Placing an order puts your name on a reserve list with all orders filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Demand has grown, and our ability to fill orders relies entirely on a dry harvest season. One year we were unable to fill all of our orders. Our best advice is to order early.
Can you guarantee my blueberries will be ready on my requested pickup date?
If the weather allows, we will fill your order on the day you request. However, blueberries cannot be harvested when they are wet; any amount of rain will have a direct impact on our schedule. For this reason, be certain you have received an e-mail that confirms your order is ready, before making your way to the farm.
Can you ship my order, please?!
Fresh blueberries simply cannot be shipped. You would receive a disappointing box of warm blueberry mush. Frozen blueberries require special packaging, dry ice and overnight delivery inflating the cost to $110+ for one box. For the rare customer who could afford this option, we simply do not have the manpower nor in-stock supplies to make it happen. We understand your disappointment, and we are truly sorry!
How many quarts of wild blueberries are in a 10 lb box?
There are just over 7 quarts in a 10 lb box.
Is there a liner inside the box?
Yes, the blueberries are packaged in a food-safe plastic liner inside the sturdy box.
What are the dimensions of the box?
The boxes measure approximately 12” x 8” x 7” tall.
When do I pay?
You pay when you pick up your order. No deposit is required with your order. We accept in-state checks. cash. debit cards, Mastercard, Visa, and Discover.
Do you accept credit cards, debit cards, or personal checks?
We accept in-state checks. cash. debit cards, Mastercard, Visa, and Discover.
Why are the pick up times from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.?
The morning hours are spent boxing your blueberries, with a crazy-busy focus on quality and efficiency. However, if the standard 1 to 6 p.m. pick-up hours do not work for you, let us know and we will do our best to meet your scheduling needs.