Red, White and Blueberries

Brian Pfister, owner of the Red, White and Blueberries farm on Harrisburg Run Road in Foster Township, shows off some of his blueberries that have been ready to pick earlier than other blueberry farms in the area.

As Brian Pfister picked up a branch of lush, big blueberries, he boasted that his eight major varieties of blueberries on Harrisburg Run have been ready to pick the past couple of weeks.

Pfister, who opened his blueberry farm six years ago, said the farm has a total of 32 varieties comprising 2,600 bushes, and is located on a level piece of land which makes it easy for visitors to traverse.

“Two thousand of them are ready for picking,” Pfister said on Monday as he looked over his field of blueberries.

“I have early, mid and late” varieties, he added during a break in mowing the grass on property that is located one and a half miles up Harrisburg Run, which turns off of Derrick Road.

Pfister said he started the farm back in 2013 with cuttings of blueberry bushes from the Williams’ property on Seaward Avenue in Foster Township. He’s also purchased bushes from other areas such as New Jersey.

Pfister said he typically sees the “first color” in his blueberries at the beginning of July, which leads to early harvest dates every year.

He said people who come to his farm, which sells the u-pick berries at a comparable price, are asked to bring their own buckets or containers.

“I’ve already had people coming out,” Pfister added, while noting he sells maple syrup which he processes from trees on his surrounding property.

Pfister, who had worked for a local garden center in the past, said he takes care of the farm by weeding a row a day, and mulching the plants every other year.

As for the name of his business, he said he starts his blueberry cuttings in red and white Solo cups, which gave him the idea for the patriotic name.

The farm is open from 10 a.m. to dark Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

Contact reporter Kate Day Sager at kates_th@yahoo.com. Follow her on Twitter, @OTHKate

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