Blueberry Time!

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The beginning of June means that it is blueberry time down here in the South.  The blueberries are almost ready and we will be picking pounds and pounds of them next week!  I know that it is time to go blueberry picking because I just finished up the last bag of frozen blueberries that we picked from last year. 

I love blueberry picking with the family because the blueberry bushes are tall enough so that the adults don’t have to stoop and they are low enough so that the kids don’t need a stool to reach!

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My daughter loved to pick the blueberries but once she realized how tasty they were, she was often found sitting in the middle of the blueberry bush eating!  She wasn’t much help after that!

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Big S loved to pick the blueberries, but he still refuses to eat them!

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These are the things that we take blueberry picking so that it makes the adventure an easy and fun one:

  • bottled water – The sun starts beating down quickly and you will be glad you remembered your water.
  • an empty cooler – If you plan on picking more than a bucket full, you will want to bring an empty cooler to put the berries in.  If you put the bags or buckets of berries on the ground for an extended period of time, the potential for ants finding said bucket increases exponentially!
  • bubbles or something equally quiet – The kids lasted for quite some time but they were definitely done picking blueberries before we were finished.  The bubbles kept them occupied while we finished picking.
  • plastic bags – for storing your blueberries when your bucket is full
  • cash – Most places take cash only.  The farm we went to did take checks.

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Here are some blueberry patches in our area:

What are your favorite U-pick items?

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Comments

  1. 1

    We loved picking strawberries over Mother’s Day weekend. But you’re right — once the kids taste their pickings, they’re not very productive pickers anymore! :)

  2. 2

    We have 3 blueberry bushes in our yard but have to wait until July before we can start picking. There’s nothing like heading outside on a warm morning to pick fresh blueberries for my cereal!

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    Looks like everyone had a great time.

    It’s been years since I went to a U-pick, and this reminds me I’ve been trying to make it back to the local farmers’ market soon.

    My friend brought over a blueberry pie from her local farmers’ market last night :)

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