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Kentucky Blueberry Growers in new building in Edmonton, KY

Ribbon cutting is Thursday, September 15, 2011
Gaye Shaw, Executive Secretary, Edmonton Metcalfe Co., Chamber of Commerce announces that a ribbon cutting will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2011, at 10amCT, to celebrate the new addition to the Metcalfe County business scene. With the public, including folks from other counties, invited to attend.

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The Kentucky Blueberry Growers Association is now in a permanentt new office, at 1103 West Stockton Street, Edmonton, KY. Stockton ST is also known as US68/KY 80 and is the main highway to Glasgow.

The store is open six days a week. Monday through Friday, 9am-5pmCT, and on Saturdays from 9am-3pmCT. The phone number is 270-432-2601.

Larry Martin, Sr, President of the KBGA, said the new office is the first of two steps toward enlarging the market for blueberries.

"We've already got plans to build a big warehouse nearby, on the lot where the IGA Supermarket stood before it was destroyed by fire..The warehouse would be a place for storage and processing of the berries, to make jellies and jams, and store frozen and freh berries.

"It will have a certified kitchen, and it will allow us to take a giant step in adding value to our products.

The association is a for profit C-Corporation, as well as an association. Since Larry Martin, Sr., came to Subtle in 1995, he's seen production grow and membership grow with it. Today, there are some 160 KGBA members, in many counties of Kentucky as well as some outside the state.The KGBA is working closely with the local industrial board to obtain financing for the project, and Martin feels confident that will come.Already, at the new office, customers can buy fresh frozen blueberries in 10 lb boxes for $30 dollars, or get 20 lbs for $60. There are also different sizes of blueberry plants, seeds, peat moss, and other blueberry related items. Information for new growers is also available.The Metcalfe County blueberry industry is the primary reason for the development of one of Kentucky's premier events, the Blueberry Festival, held each year at the height of the Metcalfe County blueberry harvest season.

To visit the Kentucky Blueberry Growers website, click to: The Kentucky Blueberry Growers Association.

In addition to being the President of the association, whose motto is "Cooperation Not Competition," Martin is Treasurer and the Kentucky Blueberry Festival Director. -Ed Waggener, CM

This story was posted on 2011-09-01 13:34:38
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Larry Martin, at sign for new KY Blueberry Growers office

2011-09-01 - 1103 W. Stockton ST, Edmonton, KY - Photo by Gaye Shaw, Executive Director, Edmonton-Metcalfe Co. Chamber of Commerce.
Larry Martin, SR, came to Subtle, Metcalfe Co., KY, 16 years ago bringing a store of knowledge about blueberry production to the area. He discovered that the more acid soil was ideal for blueberry production, and that this area of Kentucky would produce blueberries at a time when prices would be highest. He's shared with others, and today, the KBGA has 160 members, from several Kentucky Counties and out of state. The new office will be open six days a week. Soon the association hopes to build a new warehouse to sell fresh, fresh frozen, and processed blueberry products.

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