9760 Randall Rd
McClellanville, SC  29458
Blueberries, Bees, and Blue Crab
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Updated Thursday, August 27                                                                                                                                      Subscribe to our email newsletter

Seasons are changing...
We see it in the blueberry bushes, with light green growth pushing up through this season's mature leaves. Blueberries only fruit on 'old wood', meaning the buds develop on the shrubs at the end of the fruiting season.

That means it is time to prune, along with longleaf pine straw mulching, weeding to let all the seaweed and fish emulsion fertilizer go straight to the plant crowns, and to keep the ground moist but not overwatered. Drip irrigation now reaches every one of our 2200+ bushes thanks to the work of summer visitors and our apprentices. We are still picking, but the plants are putting most of their energy into getting ready for a bumper crop next year.

Our "Blueberry Keeping" workshop is scheduled for Sunday, August 30, 2-5 pm. This is the perfect time to learn how to grow your own sweet blueberries and keep them healthy. Start with the basics of blueberry keeping, from planting and fertilizing new and mature plants to increasing the number and size of berries on your own bushes. Then, move straight to the patches to see how to propagate new bushes, maintain their health, shape and prune them for your needs and space, and choose the right plants for your landscape. If you have blueberry shrubs already, but they aren't producing enough fruit or growing taller and fuller, bring your questions and some pictures and we'll give you personalized recommendations and hands on experience with a range of conditions.


It's also time to recondition the crab pots and get them ready to go back into the waters off Jeremy Creek at McClellanville, and to give the bees their fall check-ups in the inspections that start this week. The beekeepers logbook has information about the local bee year, from plants in bloom to beekeeping basics.

Fall Schedule for Festival & Workshops

Come out for a beautiful day in the country on Sunday, November 8, for our fall harvest festival and another Lowcountry Blueberry Jam. Fine musicians playing on the stage by Cypress Pond, fresh caught and wild-harvested local seafood, and another chance for you to break the record in the Lowcountry Blueberry Toss. More details coming soon.

Blue Pearl Farms beekeepers offer beekeeping workshops in September and October. If you want to know more about bees, or are thinking about keeping bees, these hands on workshops at the Pearl will help you explore your questions and decide what is right for you. For beekeepers who have or have had a hive, Advanced Beekeeping takes you a few steps further in your beekeeping practice.

Freshly picked blueberries while they last, our richly complex blueberry chipotle savory barbecue sauce, and blueberry compote, along with wildflower honey and our buzz line of skin products are available at the Pearl and at the Charleston Farmers Market on Saturdays through December and the Mt Pleasant Farmers Market on Tuesdays beside Moultrie Middle School off Coleman Blvd. through September 29. You can also order online.

Volunteers welcome
There's always a lot happening here, from blueberry planting and pruning to bee inspections. Interested in sharing a few hours with us? Contact or call us on the farm line at 843-887-3554.

Visiting the farm
It's easy to schedule a farm tour or event for your group or family or a special class or workshop for your group of five or more. For details, contact or call us on the farm line at 843-887-3554. We offer public picking only at our yearly blueberry festival (June 21, 2015). The farm is open Sunday 12-5 pm and Saturdays 8.30-5 pm.

Blue Pearl Farms is one of the state's Certified Roadside Markets, and we are proud to be part of the Certified South Carolina farm products group. We are preparing for our organic certification on the farm, and rely on mulch, compost and natural products to support plant health. All our maintenance is done by hand, we use no sprays or chemical enhancements/controls, and Blue Pearl Farms will always be GMO-free. If you ever have questions about how plants grow here, please ask or come visit.

Take Hwy 17 to McClellanville, and turn beside The Palmetto Store onto Hwy. 45 at the flashing yellow light. Randall Road is the first left, about a block north of Hwy 17. You will find the farm entrance gate on the right, before you pass the farm sign, after about 1.2 miles.

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We follow organic practices to nourish the soil and keep plants healthy and ensure our honey and foods are the best you can eat. Please remember, no pets and no smoking at the farm.

Blue Pearl Farms hosts weddings and private events and can provide a full plug-and-play PA system and stage. For details, c
ontact or call us on the farm line at 843-887-3554.

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