Bountiful year for berries?

As the rain fades away, pickers bring their buckets to Reenders Blueberry Farms ready to pick juicy berries.
Tribune Staff
Jul 15, 2013


Only Reenders’ smaller fields are currently open for self-service. Owner Ken Reenders said the bigger fields are still ripening and won't open for a couple of weeks. 

“The big field won’t be ready until the fourth weekend in July,” the Grand Haven Township farmer said. “... Some of the crops are getting ripe about now and the crop looks fair.”

With a strange frost season last year, the crops were picked earlier, but Reenders expects the berries to ripen up a little later this year.

With the nicer summer days and cool nights, Reenders expects a good season this year. He also expects his sales to remain about the same as last year. 

Some of his product has already been shipped to the nearby Green Acres Market in Grand Haven Township.

“There’s been a lot of customer interest right now,” Reenders said. “The season has already been getting busy.”

Several other local blueberry farms are waiting to open to the public.

Behm Blueberry Farm in Grand Haven Township will be opening soon. Owner Howard Behm said that after last year's unpredictable weather, his crop and sales are going to be considerably up this year.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

— By Ashlee Shelley, Tribune intern



Go to Behm, Cech, DeGrandchamp, Gold Barn, S. Kamphuis, Kennygarden, Lindberg’s, Wa-Hu blueberry farms; there is also a guy on M-45 that has some pick your own blueberries, not a farm, but a local guy that grows them on a smaller scale. Plenty of better options out there.


@truthhurts - I am not sure what you have against Reenders Blueberry Farms. I have nothing against the producers and distributors you recommend, but my family has been buying from Reenders Blueberry Farm (and others) every year. We usually buy a few lugs a year for regular processing, jams, etc. We have never had a problem with Reenders Blueberry Farm's product.

I used to pick for Reenders and the old Vogler Farms out on 144th as a kid. They were both good places.

Reenders offers a fun and interesting experience with plenty to look at and do. They also offer VERY REASONABLY priced blueberry bushes for sale. I have not purchased any bushes for a couple of years so I do not know the current price but two years ago they were only $5.


I just wanted to put a couple other options out there for people. I personally feel that the Reenders are not the kind of people that I would ever give my money to, even though they do get it in some way shape or form.


Have been buying from Reenders for many years and have found them to be the nicest people with excellent berries.


For the very best blueberries and the very best service...check out R and K Blueberries on Mt. Garfield Rd. near the Lakes Mall. We have been buying from them for many years and they are by far the best tasting blueberries around. The service is impeccable, they have the nicest, friendliest and most helpful employees. Businesses, family and friends from out of the area have been calling asking when the berries will be ready because they will only buy from them!


I miss Blueberry Hill in SL


so whats the difference on what farm you buy from, except maybe the price, they are michigan blueberry's, the only thing i have against any farmer is that if they don't get the price they want for their crops is they will destroy them, give them to local food banks


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