Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Blueberry U-Pick Tips

The blueberry farm opened for business today.  Normally, we go when they first open at 7:00 in the morning since it's nice and cool then. However, we had tennis lessons and swim team practice this morning, so we arrived closer to 9:30.  Fortunately, we've had a very mild spring and the morning was absolutely beautiful. 

blueberry u-pick tips

We've been picking at this farm for many years now and I've come up with a list of tips that help our visit go smoothly, you might find some of them helpful if you plan to pick too.
  • go in the cool of the morning
  • put sunscreen on before leaving the house
  • I've taken bug spray off my list since we've never needed it, but you might consider bringing some if you think mosquitos may be a problem.
  • bring hats and sunglasses for everyone ( you can see that my crowd didn't want hats this year)
  • pack a cooler for the berries and bring drinks for afterward
  • wear shoes that can get wet (the grass is damp in the morning) and a towel to dry off if needed.  You may want a damp washcloth or wipes to clean hands too.
  • bring small buckets or pails for the little ones.  Our farm provides buckets, but they are too big and heavy for my little ones.
  • call ahead or check the farm's website for hours and forms of payment
Book List ideas:
  • The Blueberry Shoe by Ann Dixon
  • Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  • Blueberry Mouse by Alice Low
  • Jamberry by Bruice Degen
Last year, I packed a breakfast picnic for us to enjoy after we finished picking.  This year I just brought a few refreshments since it was later in the morning.  You can see our previous years' pickings here and here.

We're not planning to do anything fancy with the berries.  We're looking forward to a few mornings with blueberry pancakes though...and we've already enjoyed some with a little cream, yum!

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Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

You are so well organized, and U-Pick sounds like a perfect activity. I am sure we'll see some blueberry recipes soon :)

OurWanderingAdventures said...

How fun!!! We love anywhere that lets us pick our own fruits and veggies!

momandkiddo said...

This reminds me I really want to go blueberry picking this year! I need to find a farm, fast!

Angela said...

Thanks, these are great ideas. I love the book list tips too!

Samantha @ Stir the Wonder said...

Great tips! We will be going blueberry picking soon!

Anonymous said...

since we only have one person that likes blueberries we don't go picking but have for strawberries, these tips are great for them too! would love if you share this on our #kidsinthekitchen linky this week

Unknown said...

Ah, I love blueberry picking! I really need to get my family to a farm soon, before the season's over!

Anonymous said...

thanks so much for linking up!

Unknown said...

I can't wait until our local ones are ready!!!

Thanks for linking up to TGIF!

Have a great weekend,
Beth =)

Ellen Parlee said...

To make the most of your blueberry picking trip, pick only the fully ripe berries that are round, blue, and not cracked in any way. The blueberries that are the darkest in color are often the sweetest!