Find Childs Blueberries--Foremost in Quality at these locations during the season:
North Tonawanda Robinson Street Market--Saturdays
7 a.m. until sold out.
Take Colvin to Robinson Street.
East Aurora Farmers Market--Wednesday and Saturdays; 7 a.m. until sold out.
Behind the circle across from TOPS Markets in the Aurora Village Shopping Center.
Downtown Buffalo Place Country Market; Thursdays, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. We are no longer attending this market. Please accept our apology and consider visiting one of the other locations. Again, sorry!
Located on Main Street Buffalo by the Main Place Mall.
Williamsville Farmers Market; Saturdays, 8 a.m. until sold out.
Located off Main Street near the Old Mill and Island Park.
Olean REAP Market
Located at the Lincoln Park on Saturdays from 8 a.m. until sold out.
CHILDS BLUEBERRIES RECIPES TO RAVE ABOUT 2019
Many farmers spend their days as "tractor jockeys" managing 1000's of acres of product. This is NOT who Childs Blueberries is. We are dinosaurs by the standards of modern farming because we still get our hands dirty weeding bush on our knees; in fact, we travel almost 2 miles each year on our knees first weeding up row, then down another and then doing it again when we prune. Our fields are mulched one shovel of sawdust at a time and we don't use roundup to shortcut the weeding process. It takes time and effort to farm but the results are maybe more in line with what people would like farming to be. With the conglomerate farms, we get mass production, often exploitation of third world labor, mass spraying of insecticides, fungicides and herbicides and mechanization that delivers a third rate product. In the end, the big business offers loss leaders to match against the local farmers peak season crops often paying people to buy their product to not only get them in the store to buy full priced goods but also to put a dent in the farmers pocket who dares not sell directly to them so they can huckster it back to the customer at a big markup. Farmers Markets go back through the ages and are one of the last bastions of a start up entrepreneur offering quality and face to face service with the producer.
Bob Childs or Mr. Blueberry as many of you knew him, had three sayings we ran our business by:
1. "These folks at our farmers markets are not just our customers, they are our friends." referencing our need to maintain the highest standards of quality. If we can say, "Yes" to requests, we do.
2. "There is honor in producing" Dad felt strongly that making things really mattered and took great pride in "making" a great blueberry.
3. "There is strength in honesty". Dad knew that business is tough and competition is tougher and he believed if you delivered a consistently high quality product with honesty and integrity, people would support it.
Would Dad have sold re-constituted beef patties to his customers ie. Pink slime? Would he have continued to carry BPA ridden baby bottles on his shelves after studies conclusively showed it was bad and the government gave them a ban date? Would he exploit labor in South America and then charge $3.99 for 4.4 oz of blueberries during the winter which translates to $12.49 per pint because local competition is only in season summers when they run loss leaders? Would he import berries, often grown with dubious farming practices, in bulk bins packing them in the USA with his logo on them so he could put "packed in the USA" on the bag misleading consumers. Would he have looked the other way when imported berries are "rubber stamped" as organic with no real oversight? The list goes on but the reality is, big business cares about the bottom line although they may try to pretend to live by Dad's three quotes above--their actions say otherwise. We appreciate your trust and encourage you to continue to "know your farmer".
We do appreciate your business and hope you are willing to continue to spread the good word on supporting local farmers who live by a code of ethics you can agree with.
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". 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% more mild 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.
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 that has been 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. 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.