Blueberries for Breakfast



I grow a lot of food in my tiny yard in Nyack, but this is the first year we’ve had blueberries. I harvested the first batch today.

We decided to plant blueberries after a trip to my family lakehouse in Tennessee, where we met a wonderful couple who grow peaches and blueberries on their farm. We’d been looking for some shrubs to soften the front of the house, and after seeing their blueberries, we knew the plants would be gorgeous even in fall and winter.

Here are their plants. Stunning, huh?


It took us a while to find the blueberries, because we wanted mature plants (we’re impatient like that). But we finally found a large selection at in Hawthorne at Rosedale.


We got four varieties. You’re supposed to get at least three so they can fertilize each other.

Far right, Jersey — a late-blooming variety. Closer in, Blueray — a midseason.


And, on the other side of the house, the Patriot is further away, and the Blue Crop is closer in:


It’s just so satisfying having fresh berries right outside your front door.


Good thing we’ve got four kinds. Because the Patriots aren’t going to last for long!



About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. I hae had blueberries every year. i pruned alittle last year and now my blueberry harvest is next to non existant. i did something wrong. they have yet to ripen.. and they are all hidden. I screwed something up. :-\

  2. Caren Halbfinger on

    Thanks, I wondered why my two of a kind blueberry bushes haven’t produced anything this year. Guess I’ve got to get a few more bushes!

  3. I’m so sorry Steve! At least we have the farmers markets. Caren, yes! You need a couple of varieties. I wish I had room for rows and rows like my friends in Tennesee!

  4. Andrew Chalfin on

    Liz I just watched your food Finds feature. You are famous!!
    You did a great job.
    I watched the Hastings on Hudson. Well done.

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