Fresh Blueberry Season

The first question is always, where can I go to pick blueberries? Then, where is the BEST place to pick blueberries? Later, how many blueberries should I pick?

And those questions lead to a whole slew of other questions, like What do I do with all these blueberries??? How do I use ALL THESE blueberries???? What can I make with all these blueberries? How do I store the blueberries? How do I make jam with the blueberries? And if you’re like me, that’s just the beginning of all the questions.

handful of blueberries

This post will take a stab at STARTING to answer some of these questions.

Where can I pick my own blueberries? Over the years I’ve found that the very best way to find the best u-pick places is to ask around. Word of mouth usually means a lot more in this business than a lot of advertising.

U-Pick Blueberries

Here is a link to a listing of u-pick farms in Appalachia.

Here is a link to a site called Pick Your Own. You can search for your state and your specific area for u-pick farms. This site also has some great recipes on it, so take a few minutes to poke around on it. You’ll be glad you did.

Where is the BEST place to pick blueberries? Like I just said, ask around. The topic of U-pick farms is often a subject that most people have clear opinions on. My personal favorite is in western Michigan off the Shelby Road: Andrews U-pick.

ripening blueberries

How many blueberries should I pick? Well, how many can you afford to pick? Picking blueberries is like picking summer. There is nothing quite like eating blueberries that I picked in August…in the middle of January! It really helps to have an idea what blueberries are selling for in your local grocery store. You don’t want to pay MORE than that to pick your own unless you’re going for the experience. For the last several years, I’ve paid $1.50/lb at Andrew’s U-pick.

bucket of blueberries

What do I do with all these blueberries? Other than eating and eating and eating….

You can freeze blueberries. This year, I should end up with about 100 pounds of blueberries in my freezer. Blueberries are such GOOD food, loaded with anti-oxidents and other good things.

You can make Blueberry Jam. I personally like to make blueberry jam with no added pectin. Here is another no-pectin recipe for berry jam.

Here are a couple of my favorite blueberry treats:

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Blueberry Sausage Breakfast Cake

 

Blueberry Crumble

Fresh Fruit Pie

and even

Salmon Wellington with White wine-balsamic vinegar-blueberry reduction

There’s really no end to the many ways you can use fresh or frozen blueberries. This is one food you want to stockpile, and because they freeze so well, you CAN stockpile.

Blueberries on the bush

Barb

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