In this series of deft and beautifully written essays, conservationist Stephen Spear and journalist Janice Riley chronicle a year of cultivating blueberries on Cape Cod's Hokum Rock Farm. Spear's family has owned the farm since 1973 and began cultivating blueberries exclusively in 1986, selling thousands of pints each season. The photographs and stories, a blend of nature writing, personal reflection, and practical knowledge, inspire thoughts on the reasons farming is important and the ways we find meaning in the natural world. Learn about the history of blueberry cultivation, the biodiverse flora and fauna on the farm, and facts about blueberries. Also try out the mouth-watering recipes such as lemon pound Bundt cake with blueberries, easy graham crust blueberry pie, and blueberry-cranberry cobbler. Fans of stories about the natural world, farming, or simply Cape Cod, will appreciate this celebration of blueberries and a life lived close to the earth.
Stephen Spear is a conservation specialist with the USDA-NRCS on Cape Cod. He has owned and operated Hokum Rock Farm for forty-four years. He holds a BS from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Janice Riley is a writer, photographer, webmaster, and documentary filmmaker. An avid gardener for thirty years, she has been a blueberry farmer for fifteen years. She holds a BA from Wellesley College. Stephen Spear is a conservation specialist with the USDA-NRCS on Cape Cod. He has owned and operated Hokum Rock Farm for forty-four years. He holds a BS from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.