When I spoke with Carol Harroun about visiting Blue Acres I thought I would have to be persuasive; many farmers feel their land does not look at its best in the fall after harvest. Carol, on the other hand, was enthusiastic. “It’s beautiful this time of year with the red leaves on the berry bushes. Besides, ” she continued, “you will see I live in a place with a fantastic view.”
And she was right. I also believe that farms can be beautiful any time of year, so it was not a hard sale.
Carol knew, when she was growing up in Portland, that she was NOT a city girl. Her pathway was not straightforward and she spent years working in a box factory, but eventually she met Doyle. He knew right away that his future was with Carol and in time, after several years along Oregon’s southern coast, they ended up on about 5 acres in Carlton where his mother lived as she aged and needed help. Doyle has also passed on now, but his love for his wife is evident in the rambling farmhouse and buildings.
With over 3200 Berkeley and Collins blueberry bushes, the hillside is currently ablaze in red. The plants bear fruit in July into August. She also has frozen blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and marionberries as well as apple and peach slices for sale. Carol sells her fruit at the Saturday Farmers’ Market at the Grange in McMinnville, at the Sunday market in Lincoln City in the summer, and at the farm.
Carol’s right. It is beautiful.
Blue Acres “It’s The Berries” Carlton, Oregon 503-852-6221