Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Blueberry Picking, Summer Bucket List


We have a wonderful small blueberry farm nearby that we have visited for the past several years.  We were so excited when we pulled this slip from our summer bucket list the other day.  They have a beautiful home garden that if we're careful, they don't mind us touring.  There is also a small pond with ducks that we stop to play and visit.

Here are my tips from last year's post:
Tips for Berry Picking:
Go early in the morning when it's cooler and less crowded.
Pack a light breakfast or snack and drinks that travel well.
Put sunscreen on everyone before leaving the house.
Hats and sunglasses (although you may want to remove the glasses to make sure you're picking nice dark berries)
You may want bug spray, but we didn't need it.
Extra shirts for changes.
A wet washcloth in a ziploc bag and a towel  (the grass is damp in the morning when we go and towels are good for wiping off the dew or grass.  The wet washcloth is for wiping blueberry stained hands and mouths!)
A cooler for the berries
Smaller buckets for little ones

We made cute mini no bake blueberry cheesecakes using a recipe modified from this one in Bon Apetite.  We're having them for dessert tonight, so I'll let you know how they are later. 
I know I just blogged about eating healthier the other day, but this is the first "sweet" dessert we've had in at least a week.  I generally put a bowl of fruit on the table after dinner, things like strawberries, fresh pineapple, orange slices, fresh cherries, etc. 
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Phyllis said...

Can't wait to see what else you make with them!

Hilary said...

Picking blueberries looks and sounds like it was fun! We don't have any "you pick it" places around here. There are still a few strawberry fields and orange groves, but they are few and far between. Enjoy your well deserved dessert!

Brimful Curiosities said...

I don't know of any blueberry farms around here but that does look fun. This week we picked wild black caps on my grandparents' farm, but that's a whole 'nother experience. The brambles are a nuisance, but on the upside - no crowds.

Christy said...

WE typically go blueberry picking every summer too. It's a lot of fun! We hope to go soon. Great tips!

Raising a Happy Child said...

Great tips. That no-bake recipe looks awesome. You think of everything!

Nancy StylenDecorDeals said...

Very sweet blog! Brings back great memories of blueberry picking when I was a kid!

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