Picking blueberries at Prissie Branch Nursery in Perkinston

Blueberries are ripening in Mississippi and if you’re looking to get your hands on some fresh locally grown blueberries, be sure to check out the Prissie Farm U-Pick.

Biloxi resident Karen Parker never misses a trip to her favorite U-Pick in Perkinston to pick what she believes are the freshest berries. “This isn’t going to Rouses or to any store and picking up blueberries. This is the experience of seeing them and tasting them.”

She’s on a mission, filling her gallon bucket up for a lemon blueberry cheesecake she hopes to make for her daughter’s wedding. “It’s usually a family activity. We’ve got a lot to celebrate, wanted to get out in the early morning sun. It’s beautiful.”

The nursery is managed by fourth generation farmers Randy Campbell and his wife, Donna. They believe that the u-pick provides more than just tasty blueberries to visitors, but also gives them an opportunity to reconnect with nature. “Hearing the birds chirp. They have bees. I’ve never been bitten by a bee. The things you see and hear all of your senses come alive at Prissie Branch Nursery. We love seeing families here so children can experience that, too.”

They also run in a way so parents can teach their children good faith. This u-pick operates entirely on the honor system. So, first things first, you need to go ahead and get your buckets to pick your blueberries and then deposit your money in the secure mailbox. “The honor system is saying that we trust you. When you come and pick your gallon of berries, you’ll pay for them and the experience that you get that goes along with it.”

Randy Campbell said, “Everybody has been great. We may even be ahead of the honor system. People have been so kind and receiving that they come in and enjoy this experience with us.”

The nursery is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week until all of the blueberries are picked.

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