Farm sign at turnoff from Hwy 86
Blueberries ripen first, usually around June 1, then gooseberries and blackberries. The farm is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays. The farm provides buckets and bags, everything visitors need to pick. Come early for breakfast before you pick, Earnie suggests. The farm bakes huge Blueberry Thunder Muffins, and guests can enjoy coffee and muffins hot from the oven on the shaded porch overlooking the blueberry field. Additional farm specialties available daily include fresh-baked cobblers, whole or in individual servings with ice cream, and frozen "Blueberry Sleet" drinks.
Already picked berries are offered as well. The Bohners suggest calling to check on availability before driving out.
Since beginning the farm in 1983, the Bohners found fresh berries to be a hit, but the challenge was to come up with something to take the business year-round.
Earnie and Martha started with blueberry, blackberry and raspberry jams so full of berries and rich berry flavor that the products gained an immediate following. When the couple added Shiitake mushrooms to the foods grown on the farm, they enlisted the aid of local Chef Bob Nicol to develop a signature product, their Shiitake Mushroom Sauce, a flavorful sauce for chicken, beef or pasta. Then came their Blueberry Barbecue Sauce, a tangy sauce which garnered first place in the American Royal International Barbecue Contest in
In 1999, the farm added Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, a Gooseberry Walnut Jam and a combination blueberry, gooseberry, black walnut jam the couple calls Nutty Blue Goose. A delicious Blueberry Syrup was added, and then Blueberry Amaretto Syrup.
Today, the farm's food products, made in the commercial kitchen the couple built adjacent to the blueberry field, are shipped all over the
"What we like most is providing our customers with the best products that can be produced," Earnie Bohner said. "We're a small farm operation using an old-fashioned system - farm-fresh, top quality ingredients, top quality taste and individual service."
Persimmon Hill Farm offers mail order packages of jams, sauces, dried mushrooms and more in attractive wooden gift crates during the holidays (as well as year round). A Shiitake Mushroom log kit, inoculated with the flavorful Shiitake Mushrooms and ready to grow, is a unique and productive gift. Also available during the holiday mail-order season are a half-dozen Blueberry Thunder Muffins, fresh-baked and shipped in a muffin tin - a great change from fruitcake.
The farm's fresh-baked specialties can be produced at home with The Persimmon Hill Farm Cookbook. The cookbook has recipes ranging from the farm's signature Blueberry Thunder Muffins and Crunch-top Cobblers to Raspberry Ice Cream Pie, Jam-filled Scones and Berry Cheesecake Tarts.
Products and information are available on the farm's web site, www.persimmonhill.com. For a mail order brochure, call or write Persimmon Hill Farm,