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This week we introduce you to our love for local blueberries. Here at Russo’s, we have a special not-so-secret extra love for Kelso Homestead Farm blueberries which have just arrived at our store from Chester, Massachusetts!
"They pick them at the perfect time, every time, which is really hard to do in our business," said Tony Russo.
We wait all year for this perfect part of the summer when these special blues become available. Kelso Homestead Farm was established in 1779 by the family of Jim Gilman who is the 9th generation of his family to grow these blueberries. Russo's has a longstanding relationship with Kelso Homestead Farm and has been selling these blueberries for more than 40 years!
We recently spoke with one of Kelso Homestead's newest growers, 15-year-old Tommy Engwer, who works with his father Tom Engwer on the Kelso Homestead Farm. Tommy said the recent rain followed by warm days has been terrific for the blueberries this year.
“We have seven different varieties of blueberries at the farm,” said Engwer. “The sweet ones are very large and about the size of a half dollar. There are smaller ones if you want the more sour flavor.”
It is fortunate that Tommy works on a blueberry farm because “they are my favorite fruit!” he said.
Russo's has Kelso Homestead Blueberries available now and the farm is open for Pick-Your-Own blueberries.
Below is our latest Tony Tip on local blueberries, plus some photographs of Kelso Homestead Farm.
Also at Russo's this week, we have a special arrival of fig trees and a new Tony Tip all about them!