There’s at least six more weeks in the local blueberry-harvest season, and five varieties of blueberries are ripening and ready to harvest at the Big L Ranch in Woodlake. Jada Lee, organic blueberry farmer, who with her husband, Matt, owns and operates Big L Ranch, will detail each variety as the season progresses through June.
Here, in Jada’s own words, is the featured variety that is currently ripe for the picking, the San Joaquin:
“We grow five varieties of Southern Highbush blueberries at Big L Ranch. Our latest variety, San Joaquin, begins to ripen mid-May, which means they are coming on quickly now. Some physical attributes of the San Joaquin bush are the bright green leaves and long fruitwood, which will be heavily laden with ripe berries.
“The San Joaquin berries are very large, nickel and quarter in size are common. They are donut-shaped and very deep blueish-gray in color. The San Joaquin flavor pallet packs a punch! It is strong and sweet, bold and tart. These berries are best eaten fresh! We’ll be picking San Joaquins through mid-June at Big L Ranch. So come on by for some prime picking!”