Brookshire Brothers teaming with Nacogdoches Chamber to keep Blueberry Fest going

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Planners for the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Texas Blueberry Festival in Nacogdoches are less nervous. They've secured a blueberry supplier.

Brookshire Brothers is responsible for this year's berries after Nacogdoches County's Mill Creek Farm made public in January that it's replacing berries with timber.

"The chamber contacted us in November and we started talking about what were some of the options," said Sally Alvis, the public relations director of Brookshire Brothers. "And they wanted to keep it under raps until there was a solution in place."

The solution was announced this week.

"We anticipate ordering or reserving about 15,000 pounds of blueberries or 2,000 flats of blueberries to provide to festival goers," Alvis said.

Mill Creek's 65-acre farm record will be challenging to beat. In some years it provided up to 20,000 pounds of blueberries to festival goers. Brookshire Brothers has secured a 12-acre Angelina County farm, as well as others in surrounding counties.

"People come to the Blueberry Festival wanting fresh locally grown blueberries and it's our intention at Brookshire Brothers that we'll deliver those," Alvis said.

Festival planners say its match with brookshire brothers is as good as ice cream and blueberries.

"We are very, very pleased that they stepped up to the plate and said, 'Hey, we'll take care of this,'" said Grace Handler, the Festival chair. "They have the resources to get to the blueberries."
Today the large Brookshire Brothers cooler has in stock blueberries all the way from chili. Hopefully, by June the shelves will  be stocked with Texas berries ripe and ready for the crossing into Nacogdoches County.

Weather permitting, Texas Blueberry Festival goers will still have the option to pick their own berries at a Nacogdoches County blueberry farm.

June 14 is the date to circle for the 25th Texas Blueberry Festival in downtown Nacogdoches.

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