Web Exclusive: In thinking forward to each year’s blueberry season, here is some information that might help you plan your picking time.
OPENING DATES 2004 - PRESENT
(Determined SOLELY by Mother Nature)
YEAR OPENING DATE # OF DAYS*
2004 August 14 21
2005 August 6 26
2006 August 5 28
2007 August 4 15
2008 August 9 39
2009 August 15 24
2010 July 31 38
2011 August 13 13
2012 July 28 26
2013 August 10 23
2014 August 16 23
2015 August 15 8
2016 August 6 11 out of 17 **
*The length of the season depends, again, on Mother Nature, as well as the size of the crop and the picking pressure.
**Closed Tues, Wed, Thurs. each week
We're in the process of pruning and caring for the fields and the bushes, which are developing naturally as the weather warms. It's way too early to predict an opening. Please check back in early July.
Is there anything more glorious than eating plump, juicy blueberries straight from the bush?
Well… maybe only enjoying a sweet bite of blueberries in the dead of winter! And to enjoy them even when nothing else is growing means you have to preserve them.
We have six acres planted in four (4) varieties (Northlands – our main crop, Earliblues, Toro’s and Patriots). All are mid-height varieties. The main crop usually ripens in early August, although Mother Nature is highly variable. See the chart below of Opening Dates and the length of each season. Opening Day is always a Saturday.
In the early 1950’s Joe and Donna Czaika bought land south of Tawas City and west of US-23. After clearing some of the land by hand during evenings, weekends, and holidays, Joe and his son, Joe Jr. planted (cultivated, not wild) blueberry bushes. The bushes in the front two-thirds of the present farm are the very same root stock of the bushes they originally planted.
Were not that hard to find. Just approximately 2 miles south of Townline Rd in Tawas City, MI on the right hand side.
Czaika's Blueberry Farm
838 Legget Road
Tawas City, MI 48763