So, I've been disappointed with the recent supply of blueberries. I typically go to The Anderson's in Maumee. I was thinking that maybe it was just the Maumee location, so I went to Talmadge yesterday and was disappointed again.
Some containers looked like people had taken some out and were maybe 2/3rds full(compared to the other containers).. and they were all mushy.
I've had bad luck at Kroger and Meijer too.
Anyone have any suggestions? I'd love to get some pints of realy good, fresh blueberries to freeze.. but am running out of time!
I thought of Monnette's, but Glendale, Reynolds, and the one in Sylvania aren't convenient.. and have had quality issues at Secor in the past (haven't been to Secor in months)
Been having the same issues with strawberries too.. but lucked out at Talmadge Anderson's yesterday when they brought out a fresh case. Most the time, the strawberries have had a few moldy one per container or are really mushy.
Have you tried Ciolinos on Lewis just over the line?
Yeah, I forgot to add that to my list above.
Although, I did go on their "Super Tuesday" sale a couple weeks back.. so maybe it was the timing of when I went?
I like the Sylvania Monnettes... I personally have never gotten a bad piece of fruit or veg from there
If you really enjoy blueberries, buy a few plants and enjoy the produce...it's great...if you are limited on space, place them in large pots. They prefer acidic soil. Educate yourself on what you want to grow and enjoy...for example, like strawberries, they have an early ripe variety, mid-season, and later in the season varities...get one of each. Happy hunting.
I agree with dino, grow your own! Cant be beat, price is totally reasonable. the plants dont require a lot of space.
I've noticed much of the berries that are coming from Mexico, etc. taste like crap. Tried growing strawberries last year but wasn't very successful...
Blueberries are quire easy to grow and maintain if you're inclined to do so. Many years ago I was given 4 small bushes. every year I'd dig up the new shoots and transplant them. Fast forward 15 years and I had over a hundred bushes, producing several hundred gallons every year.
As was posted above, they liked acidic soil. The only real maintenance I did was to lightly prune and to mulch them every year with pine mulch. The older mulch composted in and fed the bushes and the newer stuff kept the soil pH down.
You'll need to plant at least two different varieties to insure cross-pollination, which makes for a better fruit-set. I don't know what to recommend in this area, I was growing them in NC and my primary cultivar was Rabbit-Eye. It might be too cold for them around here.