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Large commercial farms use over the row blueberry harvesters that damage the bush allowing for infection and the need for fungicides--some of which are so toxic, you cannot harvest the fruit for 60 days after application--most often used on products by countries who export their fruit to the USA--sold at a store near you!
At Childs, "Our pile of prunings is as big as the farmers market end to end each year. We cut the branches and then drag them to the ends of the rows and haul them to a very large bonfire site. This labor on our part ensures a delicious blueberry and minimizes disease in the bushes. This is one of many ways we labor as "hands in the dirt" family farmers to provide you the safest blueberries possible" Dan Childs
Dan & Carrie of Childs Blueberry Farm welcomes you to experience superbly flavored, pest-free blueberries. Our berries are grown on the highest hill in Humphrey in soil never touched by the glaciers @ 2250 feet. Blueberries grow wild on mountain tops like ours and that is one factor in why these berries taste so good and the bushes grow so well.
So Glad YOU Decided to Visit the Home of the Safest, Pest-Free Fresh and Frozen Childs Blueberries
Yes--we "Hands in the Dirt" farmers are dinosaurs when compared to today's "tractor jockey" farmers BUT for safe, melt in your mouth goodness--there is no substitute for hard work & old world craftsmanship--even in farming. By visiting our farm and picking yourself or buying directly from us at the farmers markets--thus cutting out the intermediary--we can offer superior quality at a fair price...a win for the customer and the farmer. Thanks for your business. Dan and Carrie Childs
NUTRIENT DENSE BLUEBERRIES--If you like pest free blueberries, I think Childs Blueberries are some of the best. I would put them up against any blueberry on the planet for taste. Studies show that blueberries grown in the right soil with the right climate and the right organic matter, have substantially more nutrients and anti-oxidants than blueberries grown in the wrong soil--they are "nutrient dense".
SMALL FAMILY FARM MEANS QUALITY AND SAFETY--At Childs Blueberries, we micromanage our fields, continuing to follow Cornell Universities teaching since 1984, by checking pheromone traps daily to monitor for pests. If we catch a pest in one of the traps, we spray with the mildest of sprays where the food can be eaten the next day. It is 200% milder than the spray used on most certified organic produce with less residual. As with preventative medicine, by catching the pest incursion early, we cure it quickly and move on--pest free. For this reason, I believe our way is better and "Beyond Organic". Many times we go years with no spray at all.
UNIQUE SOIL = UNIQUE FLAVOR--The glaciers stopped about 100 feet down the hill from our farm. One mountain range over is Thunder Rocks in Allegany State Park---also left untouched by the glaciers at the top. This means the soil on top of Childs Mountain is perfect for growing blueberries, thus they are nutrient dense--if we plant corn, it grows knee high. The berries grown in flatlands with the wrong soil type can be chemically adjusted so blueberries will grow but the flavor is just not good and the healthy benefits one desires as an added bonus from a nutrient dense Childs Blueberry is not present and for that matter, neither is the flavor and sweetness.
TASTE THE DIFFERENCE--If you see blueberries and corn or potatoes planted in the same area then you need to try some of our berries because the two should not grow in the same area.
FIND US AT THE FARM MARKET LOCATIONS BELOW OR COME PICK YOUR OWN--MANICURED FIELDS AND A FREE RIDE OUT TO THE FIELD IN A LIMO GOLF CART. ENJOY ONE OF THE BEST "LOOKOUT" VIEWS IN WESTERN NEW YORK FROM OUR HIGHEST HILL IN HUMPHREY--THE PLACE WHERE BLUEBERRIES GROW BEST--CHILDS BLUEBERRIES!
IN OTHER WORDS, THE FROZEN FRUIT BAG SAYS DISTRIBUTED OR "PACKED IN THE USA" BUT SKIPS THE WORD GROWN IN THE USA BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT--THEY ARE GROWN IN COUNTRIES WHERE MASS SPRAYING IS THE COMMON PRACTICE, MANY TIMES WITH SPRAYS OUTLAWED IN THE USA. I THROW AWAY FRUIT GROWN IN SOUTH AMERICA BECAUSE IT IS THE WILD WEST REGARDING SPRAYS--ORGANIC OR NOT--BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO OVERSIGHT AND GET FREE PASSAGE INTO THE USA THROUGH OUR PORTS WITH LITTLE TO NO INSPECTION OR LABRATORY ANALYSIS. THE GROCERY STORES WILL SELL YOU THIS IMPORTED PRODUCT JUST LIKE THEY DID PINK SLIME BURGER PATTIES AND BABY BOTTLES MADE WITH BPA PLASTICS KNOWING EXACTLY WHAT THEY WERE DOING. NO LAW AGAINST IT--NO FOUL. THAT IS NOT HOW CHILDS BLUEBERRIES OPERATES!
Every once in a while, the US Dept of Agriculture shows up at a random farmers market and buys 16 pints of blueberries from us and sends them to a labratory for analysis. The farmer can receive a report of findings and we do. Each time, ZERO PESTICIDES! There is no such test of imported fruits.