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Nearly 150 Years of Family Farming
In rural Lake County, about 45 minutes from Orlando, King Grove was originally established in 1874 by John King who moved from Buffalo, New York to Central Florida with his young family. They traveled by steamship to Savannah, Georgia and from there by horseback to the land that became their farm in Eustis. They built a house between two lakes and planted one of the first orange groves in Florida; naming the farm King Grove.
Located in a pristine part of rural Lake County, surrounded by lakes and conservation land, King Grove is now a USDA Certified and Real Organic Project Certified organic farm. Along with the blueberry fields, the farm's 150 acres include pine plantations, wildflower plantings, old growth woods and protected wetlands. Today, Hugh Kent and his wife Lisa live in the house that John King built and are the stewards of King Grove Organic Farm.
Deep Roots in Organic Soil
We believe healthy soil is the basis for all truly organic agriculture. Unlike most other USDA “organic” blueberries available in the Spring, ours are not grown in plastic pots or hydroponically. We believe our organic growing methods are better for the planet, better for our bodies, and produce the best tasting blueberries you’ll find anywhere. King Grove is a proud member of the Real Organic Project, promoting farming transparency and the core values and benefits of soil-grown organic produce.
Sure, we might sell more blueberries if we grew in plastic buckets instead of rich soil, used harsh chemicals, and chose blueberry plant varieties developed to elevate yield over quality. But we couldn’t happily live on that land, or put the King Grove name on that kind of product.
Our blueberry varieties have been carefully chosen for their delicious flavor, and we pick daily at the perfect ripeness. You get the freshest, best tasting blueberries that will last for weeks in your refrigerator (but you’ll eat them long before that)!
The Freshest Berries
We process our blueberries differently than other farms, which can take hours to get their berries from the field into refrigeration. Instead, we do it just like you would— pick the blueberries when perfectly ripe, and as soon as you get home, put them in your refrigerator. We pick, sort, and pack our berries quickly and then immediately cool them to 34℉ within minutes after they are picked—right here on our farm. This means the flavor and nutritional value are still at their peak when they get to you!