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Owens Blueberry Farm offers farm fresh goodness

By Renee Sloan, Page Designer/Staff Writer

BOLIVIA — Last week, a small crowd splashed through puddles and braved the drizzle to pick blueberries at Owens Blueberry Farm on N.C. 211 in Bolivia.


The farm re-opened for the first time last Tuesday after more than 400 people came out for its opening day June 27. That day, cars lined both sides of the highway, and many people stood in line for hours, waiting their turn to fill white buckets with fresh, ripe blueberries.

The farm did so much business that day, owners Peggy Owens and her son, Glenn Owens, had to close and wait several days for the berries to ripen.

“The picked us clean,” Peggy said.

But she said that’s always what happens when people find out the farm is open for business.

Glenn said his father, Maynard Owens, planted the first blueberry crop around 1987, and ran the farm until he died in 2000. Since then, Glenn and Peggy have kept it running.

Peggy said Glenn and his wife, Sharon, do most of the work maintaining the farm, but she goes and helps out when it’s busy.

After selling nearly 2,300 pounds of blueberries on opening day, the farm drew a considerably smaller crowd last week. At the last minute, Glenn decided to open when there was a pause in the rain.

Despite the overcast skies and off-and-on drizzle, people stopped to pick a few pounds of blueberries. Raindrops fell as they filled their buckets, but most people just kept picking. Many of them knew they needed to take advantage of the opportunity because they didn’t know when the farm would be open again.

The farm doesn’t have regular hours; it only opens when the berries are ripe.

Glenn said he thinks he knows the secrets to the farm’s success: a longer growing season than most blueberry farms and good prices.

“When Daddy planted them, he planted a bunch of different kinds, so he could spread the season out,” he said.

He also said the longer season helps them keep their prices low. At $1.95 a pound, many people were filling up several buckets to take home.

While Owens does have a slightly longer growing season than many other farms, Glenn said he expects a short season this year.

“The crop was a little less, or considerably less, because we had funny weather this year,” he said.

But he expects a few more good days before the season ends.

“About three or four more rows will get ripe in about few weeks,” he said.

Owens Blueberry Farm is at 1789 Southport-Supply Road SE (N.C. 211), Bolivia. Call (910) 754-4738 for more information and farm hours.


Renee Sloan is a staff writer at the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or email her rsloan@brunswickbeacon.com.