Champney's family-run farm on Rose Drive in Ravenel has seen its fair share of changes. It's been around since the 1920s, and in the 1950s it provided milk for Coburg Dairy. After shutting down the dairy operation, they farmed tomatoes, greens, and corn until 1995, when they started planting blueberries. Both a u-pick and we-pick farm, Champney's is still working on an honor system, and farmer Leslie Tumbleston offers a warm invite for anyone to come out, grab a bucket and a bag (both of which are provided), and "pick 'til your heart is content." While some people like to get out to the fields at dawn for some early mornin' pickin', Tumbleston encourages folks to wait until the sun has dried the dew from the berries, prolonging their freshness. This June, a gallon bucket will cost you $9, while a half gallon runs just $5.
Sat., June 22, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 2013