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Clarence Blueberries U-pick farm sells for nearly $1 million

The owners of the Clarence Blueberries U-pick farm have sold their property, including the home that sits on the 34-acre parcel, for $990,000.

Satnam Basra, and his wife, Rajinder, said the sale of 5685 Shimerville Road also included the equipment needed to tend to the thousands of blueberry bushes on the farm. The new owner has told them he intends to keep the business open, they said.

"Absolutely, I'm going to miss it," Satnam Basra said.

The Basras on Wednesday sold the 34-acre property, including their nearly 5,200-square-foot residence, to Landd Development, according to a deed filed with the Erie County Clerk's Office.

State corporation records link the limited liability company to the Amherst address of Damian M. Baird, a vice president and financial advisor with UBS. Rajinder Basra confirmed the Basras conducted the transaction with Baird, who did not respond to phone and email messages Friday.

Rajinder Basra said Baird approached them after he initially expressed interest in buying the home of their neighbor to the south, because Baird wanted their land. The Basras never listed their property for sale and did not use a real-estate agent.

Baird, through Landd Development, on Wednesday also closed on the $620,000 purchase of the neighboring property on Shimerville, just to the north of Roll Road.

The Basras said they accepted the offer because they no longer need as much space now that their children are grown. "We are downsizing, that's all," Satnam Basra said.

The Basras bought the main part of the property in 2002 but added to it over the years with further purchases. Satnam Basra said he began preparing the soil for a blueberry orchard in 2005, and he planted the bushes on 8½ acres three years later.

"They're a long-term crop," he said. "Once they're established, they are good for 70, 80 years if someone takes good care of them."

They opened Clarence Blueberries to the public in 2012. Customers can pick the blueberries themselves or drive up to get pre-picked berries.

Satnam Basra said he doesn't know their typical annual yield, but his wife said they have about 18,000 bushes. The Basras said they cultivated seven varieties of blueberries and didn't use any pesticides.

Basra said he also sold blueberries to the Lexington Co-Op, Dash's Markets and at farmer's markets but he doesn't know what the new owner's plans are.

The Basras also sold honey produced by bees in hives kept on the property but maintained by someone else.

Rajinder Basra said she is sentimental over leaving the farm because her husband worked so hard on it. "He started it from scratch," she said. "It's not easy to run that farm."

She said she would come home from work and go right into the orchard to pick and eat fresh berries.

"I love blueberries. I have my share frozen in the freezer," Rajinder Basra said.

The sale includes the home, the 34 acres and all of the blueberry bushes but not the Clarence Blueberries business and name, Rajinder Basra said.

The property is assessed for nearly $1.1 million. The home, built in 1991, has five bedrooms, 4½ bathrooms, a pool, hot tub and sauna. The property has a large pond in the rear.

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