***BLUEBERRIES , ELDERBERRIES & VEGETABLES*** Big Bear Farms, Inc. is a family owned and operated ORGANIC Blueberry and Vegetable farm. We operate under the strict rules of the USDA - National Organic Program (NOP) and are certified by Quality Certification Services (QCS). Unlike many farms that falsely claim to be organic, we are the REAL DEAL and have the documents proudly on display to prove it. We are also U.S.D.A. FARMGAP FOOD SAFETY CERTIFIED.
We started in 1990 as a conventional farm but by 1991 we had stopped using any chemical pesticides in our production fields. From 1991 til 2004 the only thing that keep us from being organic was our use of regular chemical fertilizers. That changed in 2004 and we are now growing 100% ORGANIC crops. We meet all the NOP regulations by using NO synthetic Herbicides, Fungicides, Miticides, Insecticides or any other Pesticides on our crops and only NOP & QCS Approved Organic fertilizers are used.
Big Bear Farms, Inc. Is a proud participant in the Hillsborough County Agricultural Stewardship Program . We have been the primary sponsor for several years of the Ag. In The Classroom Programs at our local elementary school resulting in several State and local honors including the Hillsborough Education Foundation "2003 Business Partner of the Year " and the State Of Florida "2004 Agriculture In The Classroom Teacher of the Year". At the national level we have received the "2003 Epcot Disney Garden Of the Year" and the National Gardening Assoc. "2004 Garden of the Year". Our efforts continue today with gardens to accommodate over 20 classrooms. Our efforts continue on daily as we try to teach our youth of today that ** FOOD DOES NOT COME FROM A TIN CAN AT WALMART.** We at BBFI believe that the most important crop one can grow is a fertile mind in the youth of today who will become our leaders of tomorrow. Although we do supply the commercial market with berries we take pride in our ability to provide the individual comsumer with that personal touch in the growing, processing and packing that they deserve in supplying the needs of their families. ** No order is too small and only USDA #1 quality is served. **
Blueberries will be ready for harvest in April and May. We are attempting to offer this Spring 2010, a selection of organic vegetables. These should include several types of green beans, peas, greens, squash, okra and others.We are also offering in limited quanities certified organic Elderberries.
** If you wish to be placed on our private CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION LIST please send an e-mail with your (1) full name (2) your preferred e-mail address (3)AND YOUR PHONE # w/ area code We accept phoned-in & walk-in customers daily in season from 9:00am to 6:00pm.
**REMEMBER ** YOU KNOW THE FRUIT IS FRESH WHEN YOU SEE IT ON THE BUSH
*** Blueberries will be open in April thru May.
Vegetables are available seasonally.
*** For harvest information please check our weekly updated website or E-mail to be placed
on our CUSTOMER NOTIFICATION LIST. This
way we can keep you updated with information.
** Blueberries and vegetables are sold by the Pound (lb)
** CASH OR CHECK ONLY- NO CREDIT CARDS**
--We provide pails and picking belts --tie bags for
your fruit--Clean drinking water from deep cold
-- BBFI is a clean, drug free, family orienated farm.
--CHILDREN ARE WELCOME
--Days & hours open vary with the season
**CALL FOR DAYS & HOURS or Get on Customer Notification Harvest List or check our website. **
Directions: --From Tampa
--Take I-4 East to Mcintosh Rd. Exit #14
--Turn North (Lt.) on Mcintosh Rd. & Go 0.2Miles
--Turn East (Rt.) on Gore Rd. & Go 0.4 Miles
--Turn North (Lt.) on Gallagher Rd. & Go 2.7 Miles
--Turn Rt. on Kinard Rd. (NOT Kinard Cove)
-Farm on Lt. 1/4 Mile-- Follow signs to office in back.
--If no one found blow horn as we may be in the
fields or call 813-986-1152.
Farm stand located at farm.See above for directions.
Days & hours open very with crops- please call ahead or check our website.
PICKED and precooled berries available by
-- the 125 gm clamshell cup (4.4 oz.)
-- the 12 cup Flat (approx. 3.5 lb)
-- the Pound (lb.) in tiebags
*Also available we, at times, have a small supply of fresh frozen Over-ripe blueberries that are too soft, nicked or stem-torn to ship. --These are available by the Lb. --Great for baking, jams, jellies or just plain eating .
ALSO available in limited quanities we have
Call (813) 986-1152 for information.
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I really loved visiting the farm this May. I bought 4 pounds of frozen berries and a pound of fresh. I have never had fresh blueberries last this long in my fridge! I have always had them mold a few days after getting them home from the chain stores.... [more]