My Berry Farm

Chuck Berry

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Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry (born October 18, 1926) is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as “Maybellene” (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957) and “Johnny B. Goode” (1958), Chuck Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics focusing on teen life and consumerism and utilizing guitar solos and showmanship that would be a major influence on subsequent rock music.

Born into a middle class family in St. Louis, Missouri, Berry had an interest in music from an early age and gave his first public performance at Sumner High School. While still a high school student he served a prison sentence for armed robbery between 1944 and 1947. On his release, Berry settled into married life and worked at an automobile assembly plant. By early 1953, influenced by the guitar riffs and showmanship techniques of blues player T-Bone Walker, he was performing in the evenings with the Johnnie Johnson Trio. His break came when he traveled to Chicago in May 1955, and met Muddy Waters, who suggested he contact Leonard Chess of Chess Records. With Chess he recorded “Maybellene”—Berry’s adaptation of the country song “Ida Red”—which sold over a million copies, reaching #1 on Billboard’s Rhythm and Blues chart. By the end of the 1950s, Berry was an established star with several hit records and film appearances to his name as well as a lucrative touring career. He had also established his own St. Louis-based nightclub, called Berry’s Club Bandstand. But in January 1962, Berry was sentenced to three years in prison for offenses under the Mann Act—he had transported a 14-year-old girl across state lines.

After his release in 1963, Berry had several more hits, including “No Particular Place to Go”, “You Never Can Tell”, and “Nadine”, but these did not achieve the same success, or lasting impact, of his 1950s songs, and by the 1970s he was more in demand as a nostalgic live performer, playing his past hits with local backup bands of variable quality. His insistence on being paid cash led to a jail sentence in 1979—four months and community service for tax evasion.


Eating Berries May Lower Risk of Parkinson’s

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ScienceDaily (Feb. 13, 2011) — New research shows men and women who regularly eat berries may have a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, while men may also further lower their risk by regularly eating apples, oranges and other sources rich in dietary components called flavonoids.

The study was released February 13 and will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 63rd Annual Meeting in Honolulu April 9 to April 16, 2011.

Flavonoids are found in plants and fruits and are also known collectively as vitamin P and citrin. They can also be found in berry fruits, chocolate, and citrus fruits such as grapefruit.

The study involved 49,281 men and 80,336 women. Researchers gave participants questionnaires and used a database to calculate intake amount of flavonoids. They then analyzed the association between flavonoid intakes and risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. They also analyzed consumption of five major sources of foods rich in flavonoids: tea, berries, apples, red wine and oranges or orange juice. The participants were followed for 20 to 22 years.

During that time, 805 people developed Parkinson’s disease. In men, the top 20 percent who consumed the most flavonoids were about 40 percent less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than the bottom 20 percent of male participants who consumed the least amount of flavonoids. In women, there was no relationship between overall flavonoid consumption and developing Parkinson’s disease. However, when sub-classes of flavonoids were examined, regular consumption of anthocyanins, which are mainly obtained from berries, were found to be associated with a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease in both men and women.

“This is the first study in humans to examine the association between flavonoids and risk of developing Parkinson’s disease,” said study author Xiang Gao, MD, PhD, with the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. “Our findings suggest that flavonoids, specifically a group called anthocyanins, may have neuroprotective effects. If confirmed, flavonoids may be a natural and healthy way to reduce your risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.”

The study was supported by the National Institutes of Health.


Vitis labrucsa grape Concord

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Grapes are one of the oldest cultivated plants. They are classified as true berries because the fruit wall or pericarp is fleshy all the way through. The cultivation of grapes dates back more than 5,000 years in Egypt, and they were highly developed by the Greeks and Romans. Today there are nearly 200 cultivated varieties. Modern cultivars have all been derived from two main species, the European (Mediterranean) Vitis vinifera (a tight-skin grape with wine-like flavor) and the North American V. labrusca (a slip-skin grape with Concord-type flavor). In the European tight-skins, which are used for wines, the skin does not separate readily from the pulp. North American slip-skin grapes are generally more hardy than the European. The fruit is round with a more watery flesh and a thin skin that slips off very easily. The North American V. labrusca is also called the fox grape and is the source of the famous cultivar discovered in Concord, Massachusetts. Concord grapes are the most important American grape for juices, jellies and preserves. They are also used for certain wines. Some of the best wines and popular eating grapes, such as ‘Thompson Seedless’ and ‘Red Seedless’ are cultivars of V. vinifera. Sterile, triploid cultivars have been developed that do not produce seeds because of synaptic failure during Meiosis I resulting in non-viable gametes. Several varieties of grapes are dried and used for raisins. The best raisin grapes are selected for flavor, reduced stickiness and soft texture. In the United States, most raisins are produced in California’s Central Valley.

Concord grapes are used for jellies, jams and juices. Jellies are made from fruit juice, pectin and sugar. Jams contain the actual crushed fruit. 

English: Thompson seedless (sultana) grapes

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The fermentation of grapes is brought about through the action of wild yeasts which are present on the skins of the fruit (whitish powder). The maximum alcoholic content of natural wines is about 12 to 16% (24 to 32 proof). Higher alcoholic content will kill the yeast cells. Brandy is made from distilled wines and has a much higher alcoholic content (up to 140 proof). Red wines are made from grapes with colored skins (with anthocyanin), while white wines are made from white grapes (or red grapes with skins removed). In dry wines the sugar is almost completely fermented. In sweet wines fermentation is stopped before all the sugar is converted. Viticulture (the cultivation of grapes) and enology (the study of wine making) are enormous topics beyond the scope of this section of WAYNE’S WORD. They are discussed in more detail in the required textbook for Plants and People (Botany 115).

Two popular varieties of seedless grapes in California: ‘Thompson Seedless’ (left) and delicious ‘Red Flame’ (right). Grapes are considered a true berry because the entire pericarp (fruit wall) is fleshy.

A native California wild grape (Vitis girdiana) that grows in canyon bottoms and along streams in southern California. This species often forms massive vines that drape over large trees such as coast live oak (Quercus agrifolia). It intergrades with the very similar V. californica of central and northern California. Unlike the tight-skin V. vinifera of Europe, this is a slip-skin grape in which the skin readily slips off of the juicy, seed-bearing pulp (see arrow). 

For years it has been known that people in France who consume red wines on a regular basis have a reduced risk of coronary heart disease compared with the United States. This data is paradoxical considering that the French also consume a lot of fatty foods, such as pastries. A phenolic compound in the grape skins called resveratrol was discovered that seems to inhibit the plaque build-up or clogging of arteries (atherosclerosis) by increasing the level of high density lipoproteins (HDLs) in the blood. Beneficial HDLs carry cholesterol away from the arteries so that it doesn’t form plaque deposits in the arterial walls. Resveratrol also reduces blood platelet aggregation or clotting (thromboses) within blood vessels. Resveratrol belongs to a class of plant chemicals called phytoalexins. They are used by plants as a defense mechanism in response to attacks by fungi and insects. One interesting phytoalexin called psoralen comes from the leguminous herb Psoralea. It has a chemical structure similar to coumarin. Psoralen has been used in the treatment of certain cancers, including T-cell lymphomas in AIDS patients.

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The Town of Berry




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The Town of Berry, a community of rural character and scenic charm, is located in northwest Dane County, Wisconsin, approximately 15 miles northwest of the state capital of Madison. The town is bordered by many other villages and towns—including Cross Plains, Roxbury, Dane, Springfield, Middleton, Black Earth, and Mazomanie—and contains the unincorporated community of Marxville. The town participates in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, the Wisconsin Heights School District, and the Sauk-Prarie School District. The Town of Berry landscape is defined by steep, wooded hillsides and verdant lowlands. In addition to residential and agricultural attractions, the town boasts Dane County’s Festge Park and Indian Lake Park, the Town’s Kahl Halfway Prairie Park, as well as several parts of the National Ice Age Trail. Nearly 1200 residents currently inhabit the Town of Berry.


  • Genre: Freestyle / Pop / Rock
  • Location Scattered, US
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Berry embodies the old saying, “A rolling stone gathers no moss.” Writing and recording almost 200 songs in 7 years, Berry’s restless musical tumbling seems less like a conscious effort and more like a surrender to creativity’s gravitational pull.

Along the way, they’ve unshackled themselves from CCM‘s chains, cruised down Pop‘s well-paved roads, lept from where Alternative‘s sidewalk ends, charged through Indie‘s boiling tar-pits, and continue to roll bravely towards the densest musical jungle the world has ever known, earning them the right to call themselves what might be the mossiest title of all time – “a rock and roll band.”

For Berry, the whole idea of being a bandis a concept to pursue with passion and creativity. So after years of touring in a standard-issue 15-passenger van, Berry decided to scrap it, and do something that seemed like a neat idea: tour by train.

They packed only the core essentials, what they could roll with in their arms and on their backs. Along the way, they found an exciting new sound, powerful in its simplicity. They also found a music scene that seemed to be running off of the rails, and their music careers grinding to a halt. That tension is the dynamic force at the heart of this new album.

Blue Sky, Raging Sun tumbles across twelve tracks of blurry musical terrain. Stark melodies pierce brooding arrangements. Cascading keyboards wash out into oceanic cymbal crashes. Characters probe into the dark corners of desire. They marvel at nature’s awesome beauty. They sweat to make their dreams come true, and then watch them evaporate into the mean blue sky.

Phyllanthus Emblica

Nelli (Tamil: நெல்லி)

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Phyllanthus emblica (syn. Emblica officinalis), the Indian gooseberry, or aamla, is a deciduous tree of the Phyllanthaceae family. It is known for its edible fruit of the same name.

The tree is small to medium in size, reaching 8 to 18 m in height, with a crooked trunk and spreading branches. The branchlets are glabrous or finely pubescent, 10–20 cm long, usually deciduous; the leaves are simple, subsessile and closely set along branchlets, light green, resembling pinnate leaves. The flowers are greenish-yellow. The fruit are nearly spherical, light greenish yellow, quite smooth and hard on appearance, with six vertical stripes or furrows.

Ripening in autumn, the berries are harvested by hand after climbing to upper branches bearing the fruits. The taste of Indian gooseberry is sour, bitter and astringent, and it is quite fibrous. In India, it is common to eat gooseberries steeped in salt water and turmeric to make the sour fruits palatable. It is also used to straighten hair.

Indian gooseberry has undergone preliminary research, demonstrating in vitro antiviral and antimicrobial properties. There is preliminary evidence in vitro that its extracts induce apoptosis and modify gene expression in osteoclasts involved in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. It may prove to have potential activity against some cancers. One recent animal study found treatment with E. officinalis reduced severity of acute pancreatitis (induced by L-arginine in rats). It also promoted the spontaneous repair and regeneration process of the pancreas occurring after an acute attack.

Experimental preparations of leaves, bark or fruit have shown potential efficacy against laboratory models of disease, such as for inflammation, cancer, age-related renal disease, and diabetes.

A human pilot study demonstrated a reduction of blood cholesterol levels in both normal and hypercholesterolemic men with treatment. Another recent study with alloxan-induced diabetic rats given an aqueous amla fruit extract has shown significant decrease of the blood glucose, as well as triglyceridemic levels and an improvement of the liver function caused by a normalization of the liver-specific enzyme alanine transaminase activity.

Although these fruits are reputed to contain high amounts of ascorbic acid (vitamin C), 445 mg/100g, the specific contents are disputed, and the overall antioxidant strength of amla may derive instead from its high density of tannins. The fruit also contains other polyphenols: flavonoids, kaempferol, ellagic acid and gallic acid.

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In traditional Indian medicine, dried and fresh fruits of the plant are used. All parts of the plant are used in various Ayurvedic/Unani medicine (Jawarish amla) herbal preparations, including the fruit, seed, leaves, root, bark and flowers. According to Ayurveda, aamla fruit is sour (amla) and astringent (kashaya) in taste (rasa), with sweet (madhura), bitter (tikta) and pungent (katu) secondary tastes (anurasas). Its qualities (gunas) are light (laghu) and dry (ruksha), the postdigestive effect (vipaka) is sweet (madhura), and its energy (virya) is cooling (shita).

According to Ayurveda, aamla balances all three doshas. While aamla is unusual in that it contains five out of the six tastes recognized by Ayurved, it is most important to recognize the effects of the “virya”, or potency, and “vipaka”, or post-digestive effect. Considered in this light, aamla is particularly helpful in reducing pitta due to its cooling energy and balances both Pitta and vata by virtue of its sweet taste. The kapha is balanced primarily due to its drying action. It may be used as a rasayana (rejuvenative) to promote longevity, and traditionally to enhance digestion (dipanapachana), treat constipation (anuloma), reduce fever (jvaraghna), purify the blood (raktaprasadana), reduce cough (kasahara), alleviate asthma (svasahara), strengthen the heart (hrdaya), benefit the eyes (chakshushya), stimulate hair growth (romasanjana), enliven the body (jivaniya), and enhance intellect (medhya).

In Ayurvedic polyherbal formulations, Indian gooseberry is a common constituent, and most notably is the primary ingredient in an ancient herbal rasayana called Chyawanprash. This formula, which contains 43 herbal ingredients as well as clarified butter, sesame oil, sugar cane juice, and honey, was first mentioned in the Charaka Samhita as a premier rejuvenative compound.

A jar of South Indian Andhra amla pickleIn Chinese traditional therapy, this fruit is called yuganzi (余甘子), which is used to cure throat inflammation.

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Emblica officinalis tea may ameliorate diabetic neuropathy. In rats it significantly reduced blood glucose, food intake, water intake and urine output in diabetic rats compared with the non‐ diabetic control group.

Particularly in South India, the fruit is pickled with salt, oil, and spices. Aamla is eaten raw or cooked into various dishes. In Andhra Pradesh, tender varieties are used to prepare dal (a lentil preparation), and amle ka murabbah, a sweet dish indigenous to the northern part of India (wherein the berries are soaked in sugar syrup for a long time till they are imparted the sweet flavor); it is traditionally consumed after meals.

Knott’s Berry Farm


Knott's original berry stand, Buena Park, circ...

Knott's original berry stand, Buena Park, circa 1926 (Photo credit: Orange County Archives)

Knotts Berry Farm with a wonderful vaction for the Hafezi famil.

Knott’s Berry Farm is an amusement park in Buena Park, California, owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company. It was also a line of jams, jellies, preserves, and other specialty food, now part of The J. M. Smucker Company based in Placentia, California.

Starting in 1920, farmer Walter Knott and his family developed their Buena Park berry farm into a popular tourist attraction. Originally selling berries, homemade berry preserves and pies from a roadside stand, Knott built a restaurant, shops and stores onto the property by the 1930s. These were then augmented with minor attractions and curiosities until Knott gradually created Ghost Town, transforming them from a way-point to a Western themed destination in 1940. World class rides were then built and free entertainment drew crowds. Disneyland Resort in nearby Anaheim complemented the theme park, making Orange County a tourist destination to Southern California visitors. As more elaborate rides were included, and big name acts were featured in Knott’s John Wayne Theater, a fence was built and admission charged, turning it into a commercial theme park.

The theme park continues to be competitive by adding new thrill rides annually and by promoting special events such as “Halloween Haunt” and “Knott’s Merry Farm”.

The idea of an amusement park really picked up in the 1950s when Walter Knott opened a “summer-long county fair”. In 1968, for the first time, an admission of 25 cents was required to get into the park. The Calico log ride was added in 1969. On April 12, 1974 Cordelia Knott died. Walter turned his attention toward political causes.

Roaring Twenties re-themed Gypsy Camp in the 1970s with the addition of a nostalgic traditional amusement area, Wheeler Dealer Bumper Cars, Knott’s Bear-y Tales. Then with the northward expansion of a 1920s-era Knott’s Airfield themed area featuring the Studio-K Dance Hall, Sky Cabin/Parachute Sky Jump and Motorcycle Chase steeple chase roller coaster above the electric guided rail Gasoline Alley car ride. The expansion was keystoned by the innovative new roller coaster Corkscrew.

Sky Tower was built to support two attractions, the Parachute Sky Jump (now closed) and the Sky Cabin. Parachute Sky Jump boarded one or two standing riders anticipating the thrill of the drop into baskets beneath a faux parachute canopy. From the top, eight arms supported the vertical cable tracks of wire rope which lifted the baskets. The Sky Cabin ringed the support pole with a single floor of seats that are enclosed behind windows. The Sky Cabin ring revolves slowly as it rises to the top and back offering a pleasantly changing vista. Sky Cabin is very sensitive to weather and passenger motion, such as walking, which is prohibited during the trip. During winds 25 mph+ or rain it is closed. When built, Sky Tower was the tallest structure in Orange County (a distinction now held by nearby WindSeeker.) The illuminated “K” in logo script atop the Sky Tower was designated a landmark which prevented Knott’s plan of converting the foundation to support WindSeeker.

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Corkscrew debuted in 1975 as the first modern-day roller coaster to perform a 360-degree inverting element, twice! It was designed by Arrow Dynamics of Utah.

Motorcycle Chase – A modernized steepelchase rollercoaster built in 1976 featured single motorbike themed vehicles racing side-by-side, each on one of four parallel tracks, launched together. One or two riders straddled each “Indian motorcycle” attraction vehicle. The tubular steel monorail track closely followed dips and bumps in “the road” and tilted to lean riders about the curves. Gasoline Alley, an electric steel-guiderail car ride below, was built together and intimately intertwined, which enhanced ride-to-ride interaction thrill value. Rider safety concerns of the high center of gravity coupled with the method of rider restraints caused it to be re-themed Wacky Soap Box Racers with vehicles now attached in four car trains, each car seated two riders, strapped in low (nearly straddling the track), surrounded by the close fitting car sides, and the dips and bumps of the track were straightened flat in 1980. Motorcycle Chase/Wacky Soap Box Racers was removed 1996 for a dueling loop coaster Windjammer Surf Racers and now a vertical, launch coaster takes its place Xcelerator.

December 3, 1981 Walter Knott died, survived by his children who would continue to operate Knott’s as a family business for another fourteen years.

In the 1980s, Knott’s built the Barn Dance featured Bobbi & Clyde as the house band. It was during the height of the “Urban Cowboy” era. The “Barn Dance” was featured in Knott’s TV Commercials.

During the 1980s, Knott’s met the competition in Southern California theme parks by themeing a new land, and building two massive attractions:

View of Silver Bullet from the Sky Cabin.

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Kingdom of the Dinosaurs (1987) (primeval re-theme of Knott’s Bear-y Tales)
Bigfoot Rapids (1988), a whitewater river rafting ride as the centerpiece of the new themed area Wild Water Wilderness.

The Boomerang roller coaster replaced the Corkscrew in 1990 with a lift shuttle train passing to and fro through a cobra roll and a vertical loop, for six inversions each trip.

Mystery Lodge (1994) Inspired by General Motors “Spirit Lodge” pavilion, a live show augmented with Peppers Ghost and other special effects, which was among the most popular exhibits at Expo 86 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada which was produced by Bob Rogers and created with the assistance of the Kwagulth Native reserve in Alert Bay, British Columbia. Mystery Lodge recreates a quiet summer night in the village of Alert Bay, British Columbia then guests “move inside” the longhouse and listen to the storyteller weave a tale of the importance of family from the smoke of the bonfire.

New York State Berry Growers’ Association


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 The New York State Berry Growers Association (NYSBGA) was begun in 1988 and incorporated in 1993 in its present form, a 501 (6) (c) not for profit educational association. The purpose of the Association is “to promote the growing and marketing of berries by the exchange of information and to represent the Berry Growers in the areas of labor, research and technology, to advertise and promote the eating of berries”. This is accomplished by providing information and education to its grower members, and through yearly meetings with faculty and extension staff to discuss berry industry research and educational needs. While not a direct lobbying association, berry industry issues can be represented in public hearings and agency forums. NYSBGA has a board of directors that meets two or three times per year, and has an executive secretary.

Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and other berries are indeed the fruit for the new millennium. More and more, berries are being recognized for both their nutritional and health value. Demand for berries continues to increase, and they receive favorable reviews in public media. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), in 2010, the value of berry production in NYS was $15,000,000 for the three major berry crops (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries). In the last ten years, blueberry acreage has increased 29%, raspberries 11%, and strawberry acreage has declined slightly. In those same ten years, the combined value of these three crops has risen almost 50%.

Since its inception, the Berry Growers Association has granted $35,000 in research grants, primarily to Cornell researchers and extension staff, to address issues important to NYS growers. Originally, research dollars were collected from members on a voluntary basis. In 2009, the Board of Directors placed an even higher value on research, and changed the dues structure so that $50 of every member’s dues would automatically be put into a research fund.

The NYSBGA was instrumental in Cornell receiving NYFVI grants for Improving Production Efficiency in Berry Crop Production in 2007 and 2009. The Board proposed the idea, reviewed and suggested changes for the proposal, and members have served as advisors, collaborators, and participants. Unfortunately, state funding cuts prevented the 2009 project from getting under way. In 2009, the Association also applied for, and received funding from the Farm Credit Ag Enhancement grants program to develop a new logo to act as a catalyst for a renewed effort on marketing. During the summer, press releases are sent out to alert consumers when the different “berry seasons” have begun. In the 1990’s, the association also received a grant from EPA to develop and implement an IPM certification program with standards and a point system that a third party auditor used to verify that berries were IPM-certified.

For the future, the association would like to develop a way to guarantee that enough funds are raised to at least supply Cornell researchers with a summer technician to assist with berry research, thus ensuring a consistent research program that addresses the needs of NY growers. We are always interested in creative solutions that produce a benefit for both the industry and our partners in research and Extension.

Albany County:

Stanton’s Fuera Farm
210 Onesquethaw Creek Road
Feura Bush, NY 12067
blueberries raspberries strawberries
other fruit vegetables

Cayuga County:

John R. DeWitt Farm
4207 State Route 41A
Moravia, NY 13118
315-497-0142 or (315) 730-6278
raspberries strawberries vegetables

Chenango County:

Fantasy Fruit Farm
464 Hall Road
Afton, NY 13730
blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries
strawberries other fruit

Solmaz Hafezi NY Farm
389 Boggle Town road
Afton, NY 13730

strawberries other fruit blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries
strawberries other fruit vegetables

Cortland County:

Solon Gardens
3673 State Route 41, Solon Rd
Cincinnatus, NY 13040
blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries
strawberries vegetables

Dutchess County

Secor Strawberries
63 Robinson Lane
Wappinger Falls, NY 12590
blueberries strawberries other fruit

Erie County:

Greg’s U-Pick
9270 Lapp Road
Clarence Center, NY 14032
blueberries raspberries strawberries vegetables

Weiss Farms
7828 East Eden Road
Eden, NY 14057
blueberries raspberries strawberries vegetables

Peter Gugino Farms, Inc.
10460 Brant-Angola Road
Brant, NY 14027

Greene County:

Story Farms
4640 Route 32
Catskill, NY 12414
strawberries other fruit vegetables

Herkimer County:

Anndel Farms
547 State Route 29
Middleville, NY 13046
blueberries currants/gooseberries

Wereszczak’s Blueberries
1080 Steuben Hill Road
Herkimer, NY 13350

Jefferson County:

Best by Farr
26809 Beckwith Road
Evans Mills, NY 13637
raspberries strawberries

Madison County:

Mosher Farms
RD 1, Box 69 Rt.26 & 46
Bouckville, NY 13310
blueberries raspberries strawberries

Monroe County:

Bauman Farms
1340 Five Mile Line Road
Webster, NY 14580
raspberries strawberries vegetables

Green Acre Fruit Farms
West Wind Farms LLC
3480 Latta Road
Rochester, NY 14612
blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries/blackberries

Jack Munt Farm
51 Probst Road
Pittsford, NY 14534
raspberries strawberries other fruit

Niagara County:

Coulter Farms
3871 N. Ridge Road
Lockport, NY 14094
blueberries raspberries strawberries
other fruit vegetables

Oneida County:

Swistak Farm
6644 Greenway New London Road
Verona, NY 13478
blueberries strawberries vegetables

Onondaga County:

Emmi & Sons Inc.
1482 West Genesee Road
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
blueberries strawberries other fruit

Hencle’s Berry Patch
7470 Perry Road
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
currants/gooseberries raspberries strawberries

Reeves Farms
8695 Wheaton Rd
Baldwinsville, NY 13027
blueberries strawberries vegetables

Tassone Farm Inc.
6230 Route 31
Cicero, NY 13039

Tre-G Farms, LLC
8183 U.S. Rte. 20
Manlius, NY 13104
raspberries strawberries

Ontario County:

Fresh Ayr Farms
4671 Herendeen Road
Shortsville, NY 14548
strawberries vegetables

Sheppards Strawberries
2653 Co. Road 20
Clifton Springs, NY 14432

Orleans County:

Brown’s Berry Patch
14264 Roosevelt Highway
Waterport, NY 14571
blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries
strawberries other fruit vegetables

Hurd Orchards
17260 Ridge Road
Holley, NY 14470
(607) 638-8838
blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries
strawberries other fruit

Kemp’s Farms
1590 Powerline Road
Holley, NY 14470
(585) 638-6178

Panek’s Pickin Patch
13420 County House Road
Albion, NY 14411
blueberries raspberries strawberries

Oswego County:

Behling Orchards LLC
364 Hurlbut Road
Mexico, NY 13114
blueberries raspberries
strawberries other fruit vegetables

Ferlito’s Berry Patch.
1269 Co. Rte. 53
Oswego, NY 13126
315-343-7159 blueberries raspberries strawberries

Stan’s Berry Patch
208 Co. Rt. 84
West Monroe, NY 13167
(315) 668-7159

Otsego County:

Ingall’s Blueberries
4663 State Highway 28
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Richard Hernandez
1755 County Highway 14
Mt Vision, NY 13810
607-293-6008 blueberries

Rensselaer County:

The Berry Patch
15370 NY 22
Stephentown, NY 12168
blueberries raspberries strawberries other fruit vegetables

Saratoga County:

Clark Dahlia Gardens & Greenhouses
139 Hop City Road
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
blueberries raspberries other fruit

Seneca County:

Cassim Farms
3581 Yost Road
Waterloo, NY 13165
raspberries strawberries

Luce Farm
7381 Hall Road
Ovid, NY 14521

Shuster’s Strawberries
1883 Rt. 89
Seneca Falls, NY 13148

Steuben County:

Rathbun’s U-Pick Strawberries
28 University Ave
North Cohocton, NY 14808

Suffolk County:

Wickham’s Fruit Farm
P.O. Box 928
Cutchogue, NY 11935
blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries
strawberries other fruit vegetables

Tioga County:

Our Green Acres
3965 Waverly Road
Owego, NY 13827
blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries
strawberries other fruit vegetables

TLC Blueberry Farm
2053 Rte. 17C
Barton, NY 13734

Washington County:

Hand Melon Farm
533 Wilber Ave
Greenwich, NY 12834
blueberries raspberries strawberries

Wayne County:

Burnap Fruit Farm LLC
7277 Maple Ave
Sodus, NY 14551
(315) 483-4050
raspberries strawberries other fruit

G and S Orchards
4572 Lincoln Road
Walworth, NY 14502
315-524 3823
blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries
strawberries other fruit vegetables

Wyoming County

Mehlenbacher Strawberries
6513 Lamont Road
Castile, NY 14427

Yates County:

Jim Bedient
3955 Stever Road
Branchport, NY 14418

Tomion’s Farm Market
3024 Ferguson Corners Road
Penn Yan, NY 14527
raspberries strawberries other fruit

Our Sponsors: (Thank you!)

Krohne Plant Farms Inc.
65295 County Route 342
Hartford, MI 49057

Nourse Farms
41 River Road
South Deerfield, MA 01373
blueberries currants/gooseberries raspberries/blackberries strawberries

Affiliate Members:

Dr. Courtney Weber
Cornell University Department of Horticulture
630 West North Street
Geneva, NY 14456

Berry College


Overview of Berry

For more than a century, Berry College has emphasized the importance of a comprehensive and balanced education that unites a challenging academic program with opportunities for meaningful work experience, spiritual and moral growth, and significant service to others. This commitment to providing a firsthand educational experience – expressed as “Head, Heart and Hands” by college founder Martha Berry– remains just as relevant today as it was when the institution was founded in 1902.

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Nationally recognized for both quality and value, Berry is an independent, coeducational college of approximately 1,850 students that offers exceptional undergraduate degree programs in the sciences, humanities, arts and social sciences, as well as undergraduate and master’s level opportunities in business and teacher education. Students are encouraged to enrich their academic studies through participation in one of the nation’s premier on-campus work experience program, and more than 90 percent take advantage of this unique opportunity to gain valuable real-world experience prior to graduation.

Institutional Mission

Berry College is a comprehensive liberal-arts college with Christian values. The college furthers our students’ intellectual, moral, and spiritual growth; proffers lessons that are gained from worthwhile work done well; and challenges them to devote their learning to community and civic betterment. Berry emphasizes an educational program committed to high academic standards, values based on Christian principles, practical work experience and community service in a distinctive environment of natural beauty. It is Berry’s goal to make an excellent private liberal-arts education accessible to talented students from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds.


Berry College is located next to Rome on U.S. 27 in northwest Georgia, 72 miles northwest of Atlanta and 75 miles south of Chattanooga.

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Berry offers an unusually beautiful environment for learning on its 26,000-acre campus, one of the world’s largest. Fields, forests, lakes and mountains provide scenic beauty in a protected natural setting.


Berry was founded in 1902 by Martha Berry (1865-1942) as a school for enterprising rural boys when few public schools existed in Georgia. A girls’ school was added in 1909. Berry became one of the nation’s most successful educational experiments, combining academic study, student work and interdenominational Christian religious emphasis. Berry has an excellent record of sound growth. A junior college was established in 1926 and a four-year college in 1930; graduate programs were added in 1972.


The gooseberry ( /ˈɡuːsbɛri/ or /ˈɡuːzbɛri/ (American) or /ˈɡʊzbəri/ (British);Ribes uva-crispa, syn. R. grossularia) is a species of Ribes, native to Europe, northwestern Africa, west, south and southeast Asia. It is one of several similar species in the subgenus Grossularia; for the other related species (e.g., North American Gooseberry Ribes hirtellum), see the genus page Ribes.

Although usually placed as a subgenus within Ribes, a few taxonomists treat Grossularia as a separate genus, although hybrids between gooseberry and blackcurrant (e.g., the jostaberry) are possible. The subgenus Grossularia differs somewhat from currants, chiefly in their spiny stems, and in that their flowers grow one to three together on short stems, not in racemes.

gooseberriesGooseberry bushes produce an edible fruit and are grown on both a commercial and domestic basis.

The gooseberry is a straggling bush growing to 1–3 metres (3–10 feet) tall, the branches being thickly set with sharp spines, standing out singly or in diverging tufts of two or three from the bases of the short spurs or lateral leaf shoots. The bell-shaped flowers are produced, singly or in pairs, from the groups of rounded, deeply-crenated 3 or 5 lobed leaves. The fruit of wild gooseberries is smaller than in the cultivated varieties, but is often of good flavour; it is generally hairy, but in one variety smooth, constituting the R. uva-crispa of writers; berries’ colour is usually green, but there are red variants and occasionally deep purple berries occur.

The gooseberry is indigenous to many parts of Europe and western, south and southeast Asia, growing naturally in alpine thickets and rocky woods in the lower country, from France eastward, well into the Himalayas and peninsular India.

In Britain, gooseberry bushes are often found in copses and hedgerows and about old ruins, but the gooseberry has been cultivated for so long that it is difficult to distinguish wild bushes from feral ones, or where the gooseberry fits into the native flora of the island. Common as it is now on some of the lower slopes of the Alps of Piedmont and Savoy, it is uncertain whether the Romans were acquainted with the gooseberry, though it may possibly be alluded to in a vague passage of Pliny the Elder‘s Natural History; the hot summers of Italy, in ancient times as at present, would be unfavourable to its cultivation. Although gooseberries are now abundant in Germany and France, it does not appear to have been much grown there in the Middle Ages, though the wild fruit was held in some esteem medicinally for the cooling properties of its acid juice in fevers; while the old English name, Fea-berry, still surviving in some provincial dialects, indicates that it was similarly valued in Britain, where it was planted in gardens at a comparatively early period.

Red gooseberries

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William Turner describes the gooseberry in his Herball, written about the middle of the 16th century, and a few years later it is mentioned in one of Thomas Tusser‘s quaint rhymes as an ordinary object of garden culture. Improved varieties were probably first raised by the skilful gardeners of Holland, whose name for the fruit, Kruisbezie, may have been easily corrupted into the present English vernacular word. Towards the end of the 18th century the gooseberry became a favourite object of cottage-horticulture, especially in Lancashire, where the working cotton-spinners have raised numerous varieties from seed, their efforts having been chiefly directed to increasing the size of the fruit.It is the good source of Vitamin C.

Of the many hundred varieties enumerated in recent horticultural works, few perhaps equal in flavour some of the older denizens of the fruit-garden, such as the Old Rough Red and Hairy Amber. The climate of the British Isles seems peculiarly adapted to bring the gooseberry to perfection, and it may be grown successfully even in the most northern parts of Scotland where it is commonly known as a “grozet”; indeed, the flavour of the fruit is said to improve with increasing latitude. In Norway (where it’s named “stikkelsbær” — or “prickly berry”), the bush flourishes in gardens on the west coast nearly up to the Arctic circle, and it is found wild as far north as 63°. The dry summers of the French and German plains are less suited to it, though it is grown in some hilly districts with tolerable success. The gooseberry in the south of England will grow well in cool situations, and may be sometimes seen in gardens near London flourishing under the partial shade of apple trees; but in the north it needs full exposure to the sun to bring the fruit to perfection. It will succeed in almost any soil, but prefers a rich loam or black alluvium, and, though naturally a plant of rather dry places, will do well in moist land, if drained.

It is also widely found in villages throughout the former Czechoslovakia.

The easiest method of propagating gooseberries is by cuttings rather than raising from seed; cuttings planted in the autumn will take root quickly and can begin to bear fruit within a few years.

Vigorous pruning may be necessary; fruit is produced on lateral spurs and the previous year’s shoots, so the 19th-century custom was to trim side branches in the winter, and perhaps trim leading shoots at that time or remove their tips in the summer.

Large berries can be produced by heavy composting, especially if the majority of the fruit is picked off while small to allow room for a few berries to continue to grow. Grafting of gooseberry vines onto ornamental golden currants (Ribes aurum) or other Ribes species can be helpful for this purpose. Some 19th- and early 20th-century cultivators produced single gooseberries near to two ounces in weight, but, as with many varieties of fruit, larger sizes of gooseberry proved to have weaker flavor.