Black River Blues is one of only four blueberry farms in the state that are GAP (Good Agricultural Practices) and GHP (Good Handling Practices) Certified. In addition, we are the only GAP / GHP farm to offer U-Pick berries.
GAP and GHP is a voluntary program under the oversight of the USDA and WSDA to demonstrate adherence to FDA guidelines, minimizing microbial food safety hazards for fresh fruit and vegetables. This Audit and Certification show a commitment by Management and our Employees to follow and maintain these guidlines for the benefit and health of our Customers.
Black River Blues Bluberry Farm is located on 102 acres in Rochester, Washington. We take great pride in our farms historical significance, superior quality fruit and the safety of our consumers.
Black River Blues was the first commercial blueberry farm in Washington State and in the early 1950s began playing an integral role in supplying nursery stock to many up and coming blueberry farms. Some of our existing fields were planted by Herbert Drew in the late 1930s. Herbert Drew was a pioneer in the blueberry industry, disproving the belief that blueberries could only be grown on peat bogs. In April of 1953, Drew was granted Plant Patent Number 1,181 by the United States Patent Office making him the first to patent a blueberry bush. To this day Black River Blues grows some of the original Rubel variety bushes that were domesticated for farming from the wild varieties. These original Rubel bushes are still prized today because they boast the highest anti-oxidant levels of any blueberry currently in production.