Mississippi Blueberry Farms Open Up for Business

Mississippi Blueberry Farms Open Up for Business

Nesbit Blueberry Plantation opened to the public Friday, and Peggy's Blueberry Farm in Senatobia will open next week.
NESBIT, MS (localmemphis.com) - Because of the cooler spring, blueberry farms in Mississippi are getting a late start. Nesbit Blueberry Plantation opened to the public Friday, and Peggy's Blueberry Farm in Senatobia will open next week.

By Friday afternoon, several hundred people had already stopped by Nesbit Blueberry Plantation for opening day of blueberry season.

Owner Terri Cooper isn't surprised.

"Kids can wear their flip flops and shorts and get out there and have a great time. We don't spray the berries with anything so the customers can eat while they pick," said Cooper.

Along with a snack, customers can choose whether they want to pick the berries themselves or let the staff do the work. Mississippi's cooler weather this year pushed back blueberry season by nearly one month.

"We had a lot of spring rains, a lot of cool weather, which is why the season started so late. The 21st is very late. As a matter of fact in our 30 years we've never opened this late," said Cooper.

By the looks of the rows and rows of ripe blueberries, you'd never know that it was a late season.

"We try to make sure that everyone has a really great experience by keeping everything in order. We know where we've picked, and where we haven't so we can always put the customers in the best area to get as much picking done as possible," said Cooper.

Nesbit Blueberry Plantation: www.nesbitblueberry.com

Where you can pick your own fruits, vegetables in Mississippi: www.pickyourown.org/MS.htm
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