About Bluegrass Blueberries
ORGANIC (IN PRACTICE)
Blueberries happen to be one of the most disease-resistant plants in North America. We believe that with the proper soil preparation, pest/disease prevention and common-sense care, they have the ability to provide years of health benefits – naturally. Bluegrass Blueberries grow blueberry plants using all OMRI certified products. If you would like detailed information about the treatment and growing of our nursery stock, please feel free to call our office anytime at 270-432-5836.
K E N T U C K Y P R O U D
Bluegrass Blueberries is a Kentucky Proud grower. Join us in supporting local agriculture! Becoming Kentucky Proud is free and offers an advertising edge to Kentucky’s Blueberry Farmers. Buying Kentucky Proud products decreases shipping distances and ensures that you’re eating fresh and nutritious foods while supporting Kentucky’s farm families.
T O D A Y
Jeff and Kim Essig, along with their four children and son-in-law, currently own and operate Bluegrass Blueberries. Jeff was born and raised in California but grew up visiting his granddaddy in Smith’s Grove, Kentucky. Because of his love for Kentucky, he made it home and attended Western Kentucky University while working as a farm-hand and living with some dear friends and farmers. His love of farming was rooted right there on that Smith’s Grove farm. After years of success at growing fruit and vegetable plants, he had a desire to have a large crop of something that not only grows well in Kentucky, but was also unique and nutritious. After some research, he learned about the success of blueberry plants in Kentucky and fell in love with the idea. He then purchased some plants from Bluegrass Blueberries to start his own small-scale blueberry farm. After having much success with his growing, he began growing for other farmers. Eventually, the Essig family purchased Bluegrass Blueberries from the Martin’s and proudly continue to provide quality high bush blueberry plants all over the nation.
The Essig’s are thankful to the Lord for His provision in this journey and the blessing of being able to work together with family, to their children for all of their hard work that they have put forth to help make this operation succeed (thanks guys) and to their customers and farmers.
T H E B E G I N N I N G
Bluegrass Blueberries began in 1995 when Larry and Jenny Martin moved to Kentucky from Michigan – bringing thousands of their blueberry plants with them. It wasn’t long before Bluegrass Blueberries, as they named it, began to grow. Shortly, they began to receive speaking invitations on blueberries. To date, they have shared their knowledge about blueberries via TV, Radio, Newspapers, and Agriculture events and have worked closely with University of Kentucky, Western Kentucky University, UK Cooperative Extension Agencies and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.