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Warwick Neck farm has banner year for blueberries & pickers
Brianna Bier
GREAT FOR HIS HEALTH: Glenn Casavant of Narragansett flexes 10 pounds of berries. Thursday was his 50th birthday and in his words, “blueberries are the gift that keeps giving.”

The blueberries are here and so are the pickers.

By 9 a.m. last Thursday, cars lined Rocky Point Avenue and the rows of bushes at the Rocky Point Blueberry Farm were filled with pickers from toddlers to great-grandparents.

“We have a huge crop this year,” said Rhonda Shumaker, co-owner of the farm. “The blueberry gods have smiled down on us.”

With 2,300 bushes on the property, business is booming. At $2.50 per pound, the price is at its lowest.

Mark Garrison bought the Warwick Neck property in 1983, and soon after he and his late wife, Betty, started the blueberry farm. The Garrisons, who wanted to ensure that the land remained for agricultural uses, sold development rights to the Department of Environmental Management, which enabled Rhonda Shumaker and Joe Gouveia to acquire the farm in 2012.

“It’s very satisfying to see Rhonda and Joe making a success out of it,” said Garrison, who plans to make an appearance at the farm in the next few days.

The farm attracts people from Massachusetts and even Connecticut, and, of course, from throughout Rhode Island.

With the growing popularity of the nearby Rocky Point walking path, Shumaker and Gouveia hope people will stop by and see what they have to offer. The newest addition is a gift display located near the checkout. It features locally made crafts, pottery and fruit spreads.

“Frequent Picker Cards” are also offered for those persistent pickers.

When picking 10 pounds, 50 pounds or 100 pounds, you will receive 10 cents off per pound. The farm provides pickers with a regular-sized bucket (smaller-sized for the younger ones) lined with a plastic bag for the berries.

In 2012, the farm harvested 13 tons of blueberries; in 2013, 9 tons; and this year, they have hopes for 15 tons.

The farm opened on July 8. The season is projected to end somewhere in mid-to-late August. The farm is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until 12 noon and Thursday evenings from 4 p.m. to dusk. The farm is open rain or shine and accepts major credit cards. To learn more, visit their website at rockypointblueberries.com or call 732-6206.

“What a day,” said co-owner Joe Gouveia, referring to the line that had formed at the checkout. Indeed, business was “berry good.”


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Disgusting. On Saturday this company kicked a woman and her 9 week old infant out of their farm for crying. The woman left in tears as she was trying to feed her infant. When her husband went to the farm's Facebook page and left a negative review, 60+ people commented on how awful that was and we're outraged. The farm's rating dropped significantly and they shut the page down until today. Now if you comment negatively you are banned. No apologies have been made to the family. They also posted a new "policy" shortly after the incident happened, which I have a screen shot of. Apparently the Beacon condones this behavior because this is an obvious attempt at a PR boost after the fallout on Sat. I'm ashamed at the nepotism displayed here.

My family went there this past Sunday, we were asked to leave by the owner because our 9 week old son was too loud and disruptive when he began to cry as we entered the farm.

Disappointed in this farm making news given they request families with a crying baby leave. Horrible!

who wants to listen to a screaming baby? give them a break.

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