It s Blueberry Time In Tennessee - Greenbriar Nursery

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					July 2010

This newsletter from Greenbriar Nursery for Edible Landscaping Plants contains the
following topics:
    • It’s Blueberry Time in Tennessee ! ! !
    • MORE workshops added: Edible Landscaping, “How to Blueberry,” and
    • Paul’s Hours at Greenbriar (5-8 most Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays)
    • Pictures Please !
    • Farmers’ Market Culture
    • Blueberry Hill You-Pick Farm
    • Freezing Blueberries
    • Directions to Greenbriar Nursery and Blueberry Hill You-Pick

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        We live in what we call, “The Blessed Blueberry Belt.” We have the longest
blueberry season in the country – early June through late August or early September,
depending on the particular summer’s weather. On the morning of our anniversary, May
31, 2010, and we had a breakfast of blueberry pancakes, homemade blueberry syrup,
sausage, hot tea, and milk. The blueberries were fresh from Blueberry Hill You-Pick
Farm, the other Baxter family blueberry endeavor in Norris, Tennessee
        You have probably noticed that we have had unusually hot weather starting earlier
than usual this summer. The first mini-season berries came in early, Duke was in by May
20, and the heat continues to bring berries out earlier than their normal ripening times.
        If you come to the farm to pick blueberries in large quantities, by far the most
comfortable time to pick is early morning and late afternoon. It’s also the best time to
hear the bird serenades. But if you have your own plants to pick in smaller quantities, the
best time to pick is in the heat of the day when the berries are at their sweetest! In
whatever quantities or time of day that you pick, blueberries have NO thorns AND there
are NO chiggers. Enjoy !

       The Greenbriar Nursery website is now up and running. Try it with and without
the www in the URL. Please let me know if you are not able to connect. The website is
now, and always will be, a work in progress. We will be adding more sections as we
have time to prepare and send materials to Holly Jones, our patient and talented
webmaster, daughter-in-law, wife to son Michael Smith, and mother to Max, the
grandbaby now 7 months old. We are indeed a family business.


        We have added Edible Landscaping workshops to our 2010 Fall Workshop
Series. Also, by popular demand, we have added extra “How to Blueberry” workshops
and intensive “Pruning Blueberries” workshops at the end of the series. All workshops
are at Greenbriar Nursery on Sunday afternoons from 2-5 p.m.


         The cost for all workshops is $10 per person. For the blueberry workshops, the
full $10 will apply to plant purchases. For other workshops, $5 of the workshop fee will
be applied to plant purchases. The workshop schedule is listed below and you may also
find it on our website. (

        Figs in East Tennessee, August 22, 2010, 2-5 p.m. at Greenbriar Nursery
        We are happy to welcome to Greenbriar Nursery Sherri Lee, author of “Under the
Fig Leaf” to Greenbriar Edibles on August 22, 2010 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. to start our
Fall 2010 workshop series. As a Texas native, Sherri was accustomed to having many
varieties of fresh figs available when she moved to Knoxville. She will share with
workshop participants her experience in raising fig varieties that thrive in East Tennessee
and also delicious ways to prepare and enjoy fresh figs.

        Designing Gardens with Edibles, September 19, 2010, 2-5 p.m., at Greenbriar
        Karen Petrey of K. Petrey Gardens will lead a workshop on using edibles in
designing your gardens. She is a UTK graduate in Ornamental Horticulture and
Landscape and also has a master’s degree in Plant and Soil Science. She has a long
history of professional and volunteer service in garden design and consulting including
10 years on the board of Friends of the UT Gardens.

       Edible Plants, October 17, 2010, 2-5 p.m. at Greenbriar Nursery
       Jeff Ross, well-known Garden Manager at the Blackberry Farm resort in Walland,
Tennessee, will share with participants his knowledge and experience in raising and
preparing unusual edible plants. You should not miss this one !

      How to Blueberry, September 5, September 12, October 3, October 17, and
October 24, 2-5 p.m. at Greenbriar Nursery (Limited to 15 people each.)
      Greenbriar owners Paul Baxter and Glenda Ross will conduct these hands-on
workshops on choosing a site, varieties, soil preparation, planting, maintaining plants,
organic and non-organic fertilizers and pest control. Paul has had 30 years of experience
in growing blueberries for Blueberry Hill You-Pick Farm, and also has a Ph.D. in

       Pruning Blueberries, October 31 and November 7, 2-5 at Greenbriar (Limited to
15 people).
       Greenbriar owners Paul Baxter and Glenda Ross will conduct these hands-on
workshops in how to maximize production, health and beauty of newer plants and taming
older ones.


        Through the rest of blueberry season (early June through the end of August or
early September), Paul will maintain hours to show and sell plants at Greenbriar most
Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 5-8 p.m. It is always good to check with him
just to make certain he will be there. (865-742-8707). Of course we are always happy to
make an appointment with you to meet you at your convenience. Just call either of us.
(Paul 865-742-8707 or Glenda 865-742-8708).


        You will often hear me say, “Edibles are beautifuls.” Please send us pictures of
your beautiful, edible yard, particularly if you grow edibles some place in your
homescape other than the traditional rectangle garden plot in the backyard. Pictures of
edibles in your front yard, in flower beds, containers, on porches, patios, and decks are
especially welcome. Of course, traditional garden plots are beautiful as well, so you may
want to share pictures of your beautiful, traditional garden plot. Help us inspire others
with your creative ideas !


        Let me say again how much we enjoy going to the area farmers’ markets in Knox,
Anderson, and Blount counties in East Tennessee. The sights, sounds and smells alone
are a treat 6 days a week.
        We particularly enjoy meeting the other vendors who bring an unbelievable array
of farm produce, plants, baked goods, arts, crafts and other interesting things you would
never expect to find there – even goodies for pets ! If there is a lull in business, you
should get to know them, one and all. They are a unique mix of people from all kinds of
backgrounds with a wealth of experience in what they sell as well as all kinds of other
professional and world experiences that will surprise and amaze you.
        If you are not a busy vendor, you can simply stand aside and watch a fascinating
parade of mothers with babies in strollers or in their baby slings, kids with faces painted
either by bakers’ products or by market artists, people on bikes, in wheel chairs, roller
blades, older folks, young couples, people of every age, race, color, nationality.
        The markets we attend are at Market Square, Laurel Church of Christ, and New
Harvest Park all in Knoxville, Dixie Lee at Renaissance Mall in Farragut, the two
markets in Maryville at Anderson Lumber Company and downtown, and the markets in
Norris and Oak Ridge. Check out the website ( for our schedule and
the locations of the markets. (We no longer do Monday or Tuesday markets for the
summer of 2010.)
        Please note that we don’t worry about a little rain, but we abide by the weather
experts’ advice to not be outside when there is thunder and lightening. We don’t
participate in markets under threat of storms.
        One promise I will make to you: If you open your eyes, ears, and nose, you will
never be bored at a farmer’s market. Of course, still another treat comes when you get
home from the market – the taste !

         Paul and his late wife Marion established the Blueberry Hill Farm over 30 years
ago in the city of Norris. Their son Brian Baxter participated from the very beginning,
and now he and his wife BJ operate the you-pick business. They are open for business all
summer when blueberries are ripe, usually from early June through August or early
September. The Blueberry Hill website is and a recording is on
the number 865-494-7903 to give you information on when berries are ripe.
         You may pick to your heart’s content from daylight to dark, 7 days a week. Stop
at the tent at the pole barn on the way in and pick up buckets and plastic bags and check
for instructions about where the ripe berries are located and also about how to pay. You
measure your own berries and pay on the honor system.
         Blueberry Hill and Greenbriar Nursery are at the same place. You may make
plant purchases only when Paul is there on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday from 5 – 8
p.m. or by appointment (865-742-8707 or 8708).

         Nothing is better than fresh blueberries, but when you absolutely cannot hold
another single fresh berry, you may want to freeze them to use later in cereals, baked
goods, ice cream, smoothies, or other recipes. When we pick berries to freeze, I DO
NOT WASH THEM. I carefully remove all the twigs, leaves, and assorted critters that
end up in the bucket, and I put the berries directly into freezer bags.
         If you wash the berries first, they will clump together in one big, blue ice block.
If you put them in the freezer bag while they are dry, you can take them from the freezer,
pour out the quantity you need into a colander, and rinse them off.
         Some people freeze them on a cookie sheet and then pour them into bags, but you
risk losing some of the moisture content, and it’s just an extra, unnecessary step. These
little blue, frozen pearls are great to blend into smoothies while still frozen.


       Beware of directions to Greenbriar on your GPS or when you use a computer
search. There is an error in many of these. You may find directions on our website
( If you find yourself in the city of Norris (Exit 122 off I-75) and do
not have our directions with you, you may ask almost anyone you see where to find the
blueberry farm. If all else fails, give us a call and we will pilot you in. (865-742-8708)


Thanks for your interest in edible landscaping, in blueberries and other edibles. We look
forward to seeing you at Greenbriar Nursery on Blueberry Hill and at farmers’ markets.
Glenda Ross & Paul Baxter
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1437, Norris, TN 37828
Location: 101 Reservoir Road, Norris, TN
(Purchase plants by appointment only at the nursery.
We sell at area farmers' markets in Knox, Anderson, and Blount counties in Tennessee)
Glenda: 865/742-8708
Paul: 865/742-8707

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