As you turn onto the little road across from downtown Longleaf and travel a short block, the entrance to Starkey Blueberry Farm greets you with an open gate, then follow the signs to delicious fun.
Travel a short distance and the WOW factor shows up. You are now on Lake Blanche Drive and soon a peaceful pond appears to the left and the entrance to this 47-acre commercial blueberry farm run by Trey Starkey and Aaron Derksen on land that was part of the Starkey Ranch owned by J.B. Starkey and his family.
An equipment barn and a produce market are adjacent to the parking area. Large rocking chairs are on the porch of the farm’s office. On the other side, thousands of beautiful blueberry bushes await your visit.
Stop under the produce barn to pick up your bucket (lined with a plastic bag) to fill with those delicious blueberries. Eight varieties are grown on this farm, including Spring High. Feel free to ask our friendly staff to point you to the different types and choose your favorite.
When you visit the farm, be sure to bring water, a hat, and some sunscreen! We provide containers for picking as well as bags to take berries home. Dress comfortably– and we recommend closed-toe shoes.
There is a hand washing station and port-a-pottys for your comfort and convenience.
The produce barn offers fresh fruits and vegetables for you to purchase with your fresh-picked berries. Selection will vary daily, but they are fresh and locally grown. The blueberries are $5.00/lb. when you pick, or stop by and get some pre-picked for $7.00/lb. if you’re in a hurry.
The Starkey Blueberry Farm’s mission statement includes a long list of bullet points — “to profitably grow bodaciously tasty blueberries” and “to profitably get blueberries from field to retail.” It also includes the philosophy of nurturing a balanced lifestyle that includes “God, family, work, play, learn, and giving back.”
The blueberry season runs for about 6-8 weeks and should be wrapping up by the end of May. Starkey Blueberry Farm gladly accepts cash and credit/debit cards.