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About Us..

Huebner Christmas Tree Farm began in January, 2005, after Steve retired as County Extension Agent in August, 2004. Carole retired from working at Centerville News a couple years later. Our first sales season was November/December 2008. We grew and marketed Virginia Pines, Leyland Cypress and Blue Ice Arizona Cypress at our sales shop, plus brought in pre-cut Fraser Firs from North Carolina. After the severe drought of 2011, when deer did substantial damage to our young Leylands, we put deer-proof fencing around one of our fields. Plans were to dedicate this field for growing Leylands, along with a garden area. Also, this fenced area could be used for other purposes later on.
A few years later, we decided to diversify – and this was the beginning of Huebner Berry Patch. At the top of the fenced field, where the last of the fenced-in Virginia Pines had been, we put in our first blackberries. We planted 2 ½ 300-foot-rows of blackberries in January/February 2015, putting in three different varieties – Kiowa, Ouachita and Natchez. The following year we added another variety, Osage, to the orchard. We planted 2 ½ rows of Natchez and Osage, plus what was supposed to be more Kiowa. Our 5th row did not turn out to be the Kiowa that we ordered, and it is in the process of being replaced. We plan to put in more Osage, and either more Kiowa or a different new variety.
In January 2016, we began planting peach trees in the lower part of the fenced field, after we had harvested the Christmas trees in that area. That first year we planted three rows of fruit trees, for a total of 32 peach trees and 3 plum trees. The following year, we added another 35 trees. Last year (2018) we added another 30 trees, including some lower chill hour peaches, a couple of figs, and a few pluots. In 2019 we mostly put in replacement trees for those that died or were not growing up to expectations, plus added some muscadine grapes.
The summer of 2018 was our first harvest season for peaches, from the original 3 rows. We knew we would have only a limited number of peaches to market, we picked them ourselves, and sold most at the farm and the Centerville Farmers Market.
Since we would be having a couple more rows in production this year, we hoped to have lots of peaches for U-Pick and for sale here at the farm and at the farmers market. Unfortunately, Mother Nature has not cooperated, and we lost a lot of blooms and baby peaches to the late freezes. We will have some peaches to pick, just not as many as we’d hoped for. Thankfully, the ones currently on the trees are looking good. Plus, a couple of the plum trees have a pretty good crop of juicy plums.
We are proud to say that our fruit farm is a family-friendly destination. We have two sizes of picking buckets for berries, including a small one for kids. Peaches can be picked into baskets or special cardboard picking boxes. Depending on the weather, Blackberries should be ready for picking around the end of May or first week of June, and continue until July 4th. Peaches begin ripening in mid-June.