The Berry Best

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.”DSC_0165

And she was right. I also believe that farms can be beautiful any time of year, so it was not a hard sale. DSC_0148

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. DSC_0177

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.   DSC_0159

In addition, Blue Acres has about 135 chickens which produce about 5 dozen eggs each day.  She also provides some fruit and eggs to area restaurants.DSC_0167

The farm once had a working sawmill, but all that remains at this time is the foundation. An irrigation pond offers wildlife habitat to migrating waterfowl.  DSC_0169

Blue Acres currently is home to two horses. One, Mr. Fancy Dandy is a 15-year-old green-broke gelding who is available for sale to a good home. Please make inquiries.DSC_0172

Carol’s right. It is beautiful.

Blue Acres “It’s The Berries”       Carlton, Oregon         503-852-6221


About creationsbybg

Beth and Graham met online almost 20 years ago and married in 2007. Planning for retirement has included finding more time to play again and creativity is blooming. Now that we have moved to Oregon our time is split between exploring and creative endeavors. What fun! Following several years enmeshed in the local food movement in West Virginia and active involvement in the establishment and running of a year-round indoor local food market, visiting farms and telling consumers about them is a work of joy.
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