MANSFIELD ─ The Beilsteins have created a new chapter in The Blueberry Patch, a 40-year-old business.
The family recently moved the operation into a new facility with a dining area that can accommodate up to 300 people. Space is twice in size as the old building and suitable for weddings and events.
Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the facility on Thursday afternoon and introduced it to the public. Many families have visited and found the place impressive, according to Lisa Beilstein, who owns the business with her husband, Steve.
Steve, the couple’s three sons, Andrew, Grant and Ben, and a worker at the farm built the building. Steve said it took them two years to construct the 33-foot-tall, one-story facility.
A year before the construction starting in 2019, the family cut down 257 trees and send them to a lumber mill, Steve said. The cherry trees were used for the walls and the ceiling. The ash and poplar trees were turned into columns and beams. The owner said the live edge standing up at the entrance is also made from the trees on the farm.
“It has been a labor of love for the entire family,” Steve said.
“We have spent this time creating something for a community that we are proud to belong to. We love Mansfield. We love Richland County. We intend to stay here and be part of this community and help it prosper," he said.
Lisa said she is very proud of the hard work of her husband and their sons.
The Blueberry Patch keeps offering lunch seven days a week until 3 p.m., Lisa said. The menu of 1285 Winery, which provides dinner at the same location, has been updated with new entrees, including hanger steak with truffle fries.
The winery continues to offer popular signature pizzas with a new and bigger wood-fired oven. BBQ chicken pizza was added to the menu, along with some new appetizers.
Lisa said 1285 Winery starts service at 4 p.m. from Wednesday through Friday. It opens at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
The gift shop has been moved into the new facility and opens every day, Lisa said. The Blueberry Patch will also check in the guests for blueberry pickup at the new building when the season comes a few weeks later.
Steve said nine varieties of blueberry will be ready for pickup between late June and the first week of July.
A moving sale has been ongoing at the greenhouse in the business’ old facility. Lisa said the building will stay open until June 13. More information could be found on The Blueberry Patch’s website or its Facebook page.