Theresa Jaynes, Countryside Berries
Grant Award: $6,000
With the goal of doubling farm sales in two years, Countryside Berries has diversified their u-pick berry farm with the addition of muscadines.
This season, they have planted 48 muscadine plants (6 varieties) and purchased shelter tubes, fertilizer, mulch, a row side mulcher, posts, wire, lime and irrigation tubing.
The addition of this unique product to their current offerings of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, fits into their current packaging model and is viable for both u-pick and commercial customers (who have expressed high interest in muscadines).
Countryside Berries sells through wholesale distributors, at farmer’s markets and u-pick on the farm.