March ramps up the pace as we prepare for the season. Pruning continues, with 8800 blueberry plants to prune by hand. It might not look like TLC, but it is, one of the most labor intensive winter jobs. We're almost half done at this point.
Winter work also includes shiitake log inoculation, mulching and processing, with plenty of elderberry juice bottled and ready.
So we are here and the store is open. We start our days early, often at 6 am for processing, and so the store is generally open 8 am to 3 pm Mondays through Fridays. (We are often there longer, but it's best to call ahead if you want to come after 3). We usually have fresh-baked Thunder Muffins, althoug h not in large quantities like we bake in the summer. Please call ahead to ensure we have muffins if you are coming out to get some.
We also have great frozen blueberries available. The price is $4.75 per pound.
Our products are also available via mail order. You can order online anytime!
Check our gift crates and of course, our Blueberry Thunder Muffins!
You can come in for gift crates, or order online.
Are we still baking Thunder Muffins? You bet!
We're also cooking up jams, syrups and sauces for year-round gifts. These are available by mail-order - just check the store tab at the top of the page.
Our huge Blueberry Thunder Muffins are available by mail-order throughout the winter too. We bake these muffins and ship in a reusable muffin tin the same day.
We have a large selection of gift options such as the Blueberry Bonanza Gift Crates, Our award-winning Blueberry, Blackberry and Raspberry BBQ Sauces, Blueberry Syrups, Shiitake Mushroom Gifts, Jam Samplers and more.
We offer corporate gifts too and are happy to give personalized attention to your needs.
If you have questions, please ask through Facebook or call the farm.
It's easy to make your own blueberry topping: heat blueberries over low heat until the berries "melt." Add sweetener to taste, or none. Spoon over pancakes or waffles. Simple but really good, and (if you go light on the sugar) really healthy!
Pick up some of our BBQ sauces for your weekend cookouts. All have won ribbons in the Kansas City Royal International Barbecue Contest.
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Looking for something to do that combines outdoor adventure with culinary indulgence? Make it a total blueberry experience at Persimmon Hill Farm in Lampe.
Beginning in June when the acres of blueberries begin to ripen, Persimmon Hill Farm offers the best of the "blues" – fresh blueberries for family-style you-picking, huge Thunder Muffins loaded with blueberries, blueberry crunch-top cobbler with ice cream, and even frozen Blueberry Sleet drinks.
"Berry picking is a great family outdoor activity," says Earnie Bohner, who owns Persimmon Hill Farm along with wife Martha. "You can bring the kids or the grandkids, participate in a family harvest experience together in our peaceful environment, and pick the ripest, most delicious berries you’ll ever put in your mouth."
Then, of course, you have to try the Blueberry Thunder Muffins and cobblers baked in the farm kitchen right next to the field. Come early for breakfast before you pick, Earnie suggests, and enjoy your coffee and muffins hot from the oven on the shaded porch overlooking the blueberry field. After you pick, you’ll want to try the farm’s pulled pork sandwiches with their award-winning Blueberry BBQ Sauce.
And if you love "the blues," you’ll want to come back for the blackberries and gooseberries.
Blueberries and gooseberries ripen first, usually around June 1, but the season varies depending upon weather, then blackberries from late June to mid-July. The farm provides buckets and bags, everything visitors need to pick. Already picked berries are offered as well. The Bohners suggest calling to check on availability before driving out.
Since beginning the farm in 1983, the Bohners have not only hosted berry lovers at the farm, but have built a following for their gourmet food products. They started with blueberry, blackberry and raspberry jams so full of berries and rich berry flavor that the products were instantly popular. When the couple added Shiitake mushrooms to the foods grown on the farm, they enlisted the aid of local Chef Bob Nicol to develop a signature product, their Shiitake Mushroom Sauce, a flavorful sauce for chicken, beef or pasta. Then came their Blueberry Barbecue Sauce, a tangy sauce that garnered first place in the American Royal International Barbecue Contest in Kansas City in 1994. A spicier Raspberry Summer Sauce followed, a rich apple butter, a sweet Blackberry Glaze for grilling, "Croutakie" mushroom toppings, and more awards for their products, including two more first place ribbons in the American Royal.
In 1999, the farm added Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, a Gooseberry Walnut Jam and a combination blueberry, gooseberry, black walnut jam the couple calls Nutty Blue Goose. A delicious Blueberry Syrup was added, and then Blueberry Amaretto Syrup.
The farm’s food products, made in the commercial kitchen the couple built adjacent to the blueberry field, are shipped all over the United States. A huge picture window on the porch of the farm’s store lets customers watch as Earnie and his crew make the delicious jams and sauces, hand poured, with great attention to quality given to each jar. Summer visitors can also see the gigantic Blueberry Thunder Muffins and cobblers being made.
"What we like most is providing our customers with the best products that can be produced," Earnie Bohner said. "We’re a small farm operation using an old-fashioned system - farm-fresh, top quality ingredients, top quality taste and individual service. But put most simply, it’s all about great taste."
Persimmon Hill Farm offers mail order packages of jams, sauces, dried mushrooms and more in attractive wooden gift crates during the holidays (as well as year round). A Shiitake Mushroom log kit, inoculated with the flavorful Shiitake Mushrooms and ready to grow, is a unique and productive gift. Also available during the holiday mail-order season are a half-dozen Blueberry Thunder Muffins, fresh-baked and shipped in a muffin tin - a great change from fruitcake.
The farm’s fresh-baked specialties can be produced at home with The Persimmon Hill Farm Cookbook. The cookbook has recipes ranging from the farm’s signature Blueberry Thunder Muffins and Crunch-top Cobblers to Raspberry Ice Cream Pie, Jam-filled Scones and Berry Cheesecake Tarts.
Products and information are available on the farm’s website, www.persimmonhill.com. For a mail order brochure, call or write Persimmon Hill Farm, 367 Persimmon Hill Lane, Lampe, Mo. 65681; (417) 779-5443.
Want better health? Eat more blueberries!If you have been paying attention to healthy foods, you have no doubt seen the good news about berries – particularly blueberries – in the past few years. Blueberries are not only delicious, they are low in calories, virtually fat free, a good source of fiber and they lead the list of 40 fruits and vegetables in disease preventing compounds, according to studies – ranking higher than broccoli (and tasting better in the smoothies!)
At Tufts University, researchers found that blueberries top all foods in the neutralization of “free radicals,” cell-injuring molecules produced by environmental pollutants as well as the individual’s metabolism. These free radicals are believed to lead to health problems including cancer and blocked arteries. One key ingredient in blueberries is anthocyanin, the pigment which gives blueberries their blue color and which has been found to be a very potent antioxidant.
At the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, researchers found that blueberries also protect against age-related declines in memory and muscle coordination in experiments with laboratory rats. Some researchers list blueberries as a “super food” and even call them “brainberries.”
Additionally, the compound pterostilbene in blueberries seems to be as effective at lowering cholesterol as some commercial drugs, with fewer side effects, according to one study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "We are excited to learn that blueberries, which are already known to be rich in healthy compounds, may also be a potent weapon in the battle against obesity and heart disease, which are leading killers in the U.S.," says Agnes M. Rimando, Ph.D., a research chemist with the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS), in a presentation to the American Chemical Society in 2004.
Other studies have linked blueberries to improved vision, diabetes control, improved circulation, and other benefits. There are many websites with this research information, if you want to keep up to date.
Another piece of good news is that massive amounts of blueberries are not required to provide sufficient anthocyanins for the above listed health benefits. About a half-cup per day – or enough to sprinkle on your cereal in the morning – will do. That’s a prescription we all can really enjoy!