Kether was a picky eater as a child, but the blueberry was always welcome. One of her fondest memories is a family tradition of picking wild blueberries in Pennsylvania every summer; a tradition she now continues with her twin boys. As her palate matured, she found her life’s passion in food. During a summer baking class, she met a classmate who shared her love of food and art; a couple years later she and Deric wed. Kether’s role as mother and as chef led he into gardening; growing fresh, flavorful food to feed her family. When her mother and step father purchased land with acres of established blueberries, she saw the adjacent building that will house her own kitchen. It will be where she cooks, cans, ferments, and whatever else she chooses to create with blueberries. You will find her playing many roles, working the farm, greeting u pickers, weeding, harvesting, and living her dream.
Farming runs in Lyndon’s blood. His grandfather taught irrigation techniques around the world for the World Bank and his great-great-grandfather farmed and produced wine in Brignoles, France. Lyndon’s love of the outdoors began while he was still in his stroller and could only grab flowers in his little hands as he was rolled by a flower bed.
Through running a successful internet marketing business and a wine distribution business, Lyndon developed skills and expertise in logistics, branding, sales and financials. When he realized he could merge his skills with a passion for organic farming and a love of blueberries, he jumped at the opportunity to join forces with his sister and brother-in-law to purchase Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm.
Deric grew up in rural Georgia where farming is in the blood. After he earned an art degree, he found himself in a professional kitchen and began to merge his love of art with his love of cooking. Deric met Kether in culinary school where they competed on a culinary team and won numerous medals on their way to the national “final four” competition. Upon graduation they went to Atlanta to hone their culinary skills. At Canoe Restaurant in Atlanta Deric found his passion for pastry, where he lets his creativity run wild. He’s a cool dad who loves guiding his active boys on the ins and outs of skateboarding. At present he is the pastry mastermind at G2B Restaurant in Durham, where he creates magnificent sweet finales for folks out for a fine dining experience. If he is not in the kitchen, you may find him at the farm, kicking back, visioning his next creation, enjoying the outdoors, or picking berries with his boys.
As a young child growing up in the “Garden State” my father grew vegetables as well as various berries. I loved my assigned “chore” of picking vegetables and fruit just before dinner in the summer. Many childhood vacations were spent in upper New York state row boating, hiking and picking blueberries in the wild. When a teenager, my parents decided to buy land to have their own refuge. Their rural acreage in northern Pennsylvania was full of wild blueberry bushes in the woods as well as blackberries and raspberries by the side of the road. We had our tradition of going out with buckets to pick berries and make pancakes the next morning. When I had my own children – Kether and Lyndon – we continued the family tradition of hiking, row boating and picking wild berries at our refuge “Green Acres”. Now I am the grandmother and I make blueberry and red current pancakes for my grandchildren who come to Green Acres every year. Our family traditions live on.