The Irresistible Blueberry Farm

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This week, after countless listener requests, Megan and Wendy review "The Irresistible Blueberry Farm" from 2016.

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About “The Irresistible Blueberry Farm”

  • This was directed by Kristoffer Tabori (often credited also as K.T. Donaldson). Kristoffer has a long resume of directing, including a single episode of the gone-too-soon series “Jack and Jill.” He’s also directed a number of movies for Hallmark, including “Love on the Air,” also starring Alison Sweeney.

Related Podcast Listen: Girls Gone Hallmark reviews “Love on the Air”

  • The movie is based on the book “The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Cafe” by Mary Simse. Ali read the book and reached out to Mary to adapt it for the television screen. Ali is also one of the executive producers of this movie.

Buy the book by Mary Simse here ($8)

  • Melissa Salmons wrote the teleplay for this film. Melissa has written a number of Alison Sweeney movies including “A Magical Christmas Village,” “Christmas at the Holly Lodge” and “Carrot Cake Murder.” She’s also a prolific soap opera writer having written 115 episodes of “Days of Our Lives,” 144 episodes of “One Life to Live,” and 387 episodes of “As the World Turns.”
  • Alison Sweeney plays Ellen Branford. She has 45 acting credits which include 24 Hallmark movies and 3,612 episodes of “Days of Our Lives” as Sami Brady.
  • Marc Blucas plays Roy Cumberfield. He is currently starring in “My Life with the Walter Boys” on Netflix. He played Ali Sweeney’s love interest in “Good Morning Christmas” from 2020, but his last Christmas movie was “A Christmas….Present” co-starring CCB for GAF.
  • Rebecca Staab plays Ellen’s mom, Cynthia Branford. With 92 acting credits, she got her start on the soaps “Loving” and “Guiding Light.” She would go on to appear in 131 episodes of the soap opera “Port Charles” before appear in Hallmark movies like “Moonlight in Vermont,” “Christmas By Starlight,” “The Santa Stakeout” and “Cut, Color, Murder.”

Related Podcast Review From 2021: “The Santa Stakeout”

  • Kavan Smith plays Hayden Croft. Kavan is probably best known for his 98 episodes of “When Calls the Heart” as Leland Coulter. He’s also be in both “Big Sky River” movies as well as “Notes of Autumn” for Hallmark recently. He’s also done quite a bit of acting in sci-fi series “Stargate: Atlantis,” “The 4400” and “Battlestar Galactica.” 
  • Shirley Jones plays grandmother Ruth. Shirley is 89 years old and throughout her career has starred in “Oklahoma,” “The Music Man,” and “Carousel.” She also played Shirley Partridge on the “Partridge Family.” She’s working less frequently these days but she does have a project in development called “Beyond Legend Johnny Dakota.”
  • This was filmed on location in Vancouver, BC and the small towns of Brackendale and Gibson, BC. 
  • Originally premiered in October 2016.

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