White Oak Farm is owned and operated by Max and Anne Robinson. We planted our first blueberries in the fall of 1993 before our children were born. It was a cold day in October with snow on the ground when we set out our first plants, with the help of loyal friends. During the previous summer the soil was prepared to get ready for the acid loving blueberries.
Over the years we have been blessed through our work on the farm to meet so many wonderful people. Many of our customers have gone above and beyond to help us survive and succeed. Many have advertised for us by word of mouth, neighbors pray for our crop as they drive by, others have sent newspaper reporters to our farm, many others have helped us put up the bird netting, and a crew of loyal customers answered our cry for help as we tried to salvage our nets after a derecho by picking out sticks and debris and sewing up holes. We are humbled and thankful each year to see the smiling faces and hear the encouraging words from so many of our loyal supporters.
As the years have passed major milestones in our family are linked to what was going on with the blueberries. Our four children have been an integral part of our pick-your-own blueberry farm. They started out counting cars and running errands. Now they prune, run our check out stand at times, put up nets and pick lots and lots of berries for customers.
They of course have their own lives, but we love it when they have a chance to be home.
In addition to raising blueberries we raise and grow a lot of our own food with some extras to sell. We have a milk cow, beef cows, sheep and chickens.
We also raise as much of a garden as we are able to keep up with during the busy summer. In the summer and fall we can and freeze as many fruits and vegetables as possible. We don't have as many mouths at home to feed, but we have found that once your children get accustomed to home grown food, it is hard to switch to eating everything from the grocery store. So they love to take a little bit of home grown food with them.