Blueberry Orchard at Trout Brook Valley

The orchard has been lovingly planted, fertilized

2017 was the best crop in years.
Thank you to our volunteers who helped! 

Member only access to the orchard will begin in late June, when the berries arrive.

2018 PRUNING


Winter is loosening its grip and it's time to think about blueberry pruning.  We hope you are well and ready to prune! Blueberry pruning is one of our favorite things to do at the Land Trust. We always look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new folks and basking in the beauty of the Trout Brook Valley orchard, sometimes in the warm spring sun and sometimes in snow flurries. 

Our four pruning sessions will run from 9:30 - noon on the below days. Please RSVP with the date(s) you can attend and the number of people coming by replying to this link: BLUEBERRY PRUNING RSVP and we will get back to you to confirm and remind a day or two before the event. We encourage you to bring a friend, co-worker or family member.  This is a fun, rewarding volunteer activity.

PRUNING DAYS: 
9:30 - noon on the below days

Friday, April 13

Saturday, April 14

Friday, April 20

Saturday, April 21

ITEMS TO BRING, IF AVAILABLE:

PLease bring your bypass hand pruners and loppers. Please make sure that your tools are sharp. You can easily sharpen them with a hand file if they are dull.  If want to buy some new equipment I would recommend you purchase the 32 inch lopper for around $32.97 (Home Depot price).

Directions

From intersection of Merritt Parkway and Rte 58 (Hi Ho Motor Inn), go north on Rte 58. Pass thru light at Rte 136, continuing on 58. Pass Bluebird Gas Station and Restaurant on left. After Bluebird take third left (Redding Rd and Norton Rd are 1st two) onto Freeborn Road (sign at end of road) which is a couple of miles from Bluebird. Go left onto Freeborn. There will be woods on the left and right. When the woods stop on left (first house lot) look to right, there will be a dirt road thru the woods. Go up the dirt road, pass thru an 8 ft farm gate into the orchard field. Drive across the field on road about 300 yards, you will see a second farm gate on left. Go thru this gate and park.  You have arrived at the blueberry bushes!

Thank you for your help and we hope to see you soon.

David

PS:

Pruning volunteers will be invited to a drive-in picking day when the berries are ripe in the summer!  

Directions to Blueberry Patch

From intersection of Merritt Parkway and Rte 58 (Hi Ho Motor Inn), go north on Rte 58. Pass thru light at Rte 136, continuing on 58. Pass Bluebird Gas Station and Restaurant on left. After Bluebird take third left (Redding Rd and Norton Rd are 1st two) onto Freeborn Road (sign at end of road) which is a couple of miles from Bluebird. Go left onto Freeborn. There will be woods on the left and right. When the woods stop on left (first house lot) look to right, there will be a dirt road thru the woods. Go up the dirt road, pass thru an 8 ft farm gate into the orchard field. Drive across the field on road about 300 yards, you will see a second farm gate on left. Go thru this gate and park.  You have arrived at the blueberry bushes!

If you have additional questions, suggestions or comments please contact:
Alice Cooney / Aspetuck Land Trust / Administration
PO Box 444 / Westport, CT 06881-0444
203-260-4737

 
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As a member of the Aspetuck Land Trust you have exclusive access to the blueberry patch from
June - September 4.
Access: Letters were placed in the mail to all current members on June 28th providing a GATE LOCK CODE.
With the gate lock combination you can access the orchard from anytime between sunrise and sunset. 

To get to the orchard: follow the trails from either the Wells Hill Road or the Freeborn Road parking areas indicated on the Trout Brook Valley map (the Freeborn Road Parking area is new this year).


Please remember to lock the gate as you enter and exit the orchard and limit your picking to three quarts so that our blueberry bounty can be enjoyed by other Aspetuck Land Trust members.
If you have not received your letter and would like to pick the berries please contact Alice.

Blueberry Bush Sponsors Needed!

As the nurturing of the orchard and the blueberry plants continues we HOPE to continue to reinvigorate the orchard with new plants. Our blueberry Czar, Tom Johnson, has chosen a special variety to plant in the orchard and our order has to be in on August 1st. Our goal is to plant 50 new bushes (although more would be welcome).  PLEASE consider becoming a sponsor today for the 2017 planting.

If you sponsored a bush in 2016 or 2017 and would like to know its location please contact Alice.

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This is a wonderful program for any family with children or grandchildren. We will have a planting date this fall that we will announce to you soon. You can come and plant your bush as a family though we are more than happy to plant and memorialize your bush for you! Dedicate your bush to your family,  or to a special friend! 

Tags will be placed on each plant with the dedication or name as requested. You can then come and nurture, prune and cultivate your plant during our volunteer sessions or when you have time for a family hike! See it grow, fertilize it, prune it,  pick its fruit. Show your children how nature works while creating family memories. 

Our goal is to replace lost bushes and if the support is large enough to create new rows of bushes as well.
Please contact Alice at:  Administration@AspetuckLandTrust.org with any questions you may have.

We had 33 sponsored bushes for 2016 and 75 for 2017. 

 

MANY THANKS TO ALL OF OUR VOLUNTEERS!!
Your pruning, fertilizing, weeding and mulching has been invaluable!

 

Become a member Here!

or

sponsor a blueberry bush

For maps, directions and more information about the Trout Brook Valley in Easton, click here