So today I did something so fun! I had been wanting to go to a blueberry farm a couple weeks ago and I started calling around to see if there were any located in our area. Come to find out prime blueberry picking was coming up in 2 weeks! Pretty good timing on my part. :) There is this great website called www.pickyourown.org where you can find out what farms are located in your county or a county near you! And it’s not just for blueberries...you can look up other produce!
I talked to the sweetest lady at The Blueberry Patch in Murfreesboro. She told me all about her blueberry patch. She has been in business for over 10 years and has so much pride in her berries. She described the height of the grass all over the 8 acres and the fact that she doesn’t spray her plants...she told me about how most groceries have blueberries that have been picked just a little too early...before they get to the last “phase” when they are their sweetest. She told me about how there would be a flutist there to serenade us while we picked the berries (hehe) So with all her amazing info I decided to come out this morning and give it a try! It was so fun!! There were a lot of people there but because their were so many acres it felt very peaceful. We were given a bucket and told to get at it! All you had to do was touch the blueberries and they just fell into the bucket. Here is a picture of when I first started!
My only complaint about the blueberry patch is that I feel like they need to install scales all along the path so that you can periodically weigh your berries! The bucket feels up fast and you could end up with 10 pounds of blueberries! But I guess that would somewhat lose the aesthetic of the experience:) Here is a picture of my final pickin’s!
I decided to freeze the blueberries so that I can have fresh ones throughout the year plus it's a money saver in that we don't have to buy frozen ones...which are ridiculously expensive! If you don't have time to go to a farm to pick them on your own you can freeze blueberries that are at the grocery right now...I know Sam's has a HUGE container of Driscoll's (the best) for $2. The freezing process is so simple. Don't wash them before laying them out on a cookie sheet (or something that fits in your freezer) and let them freeze for 6-8 hours. Then store them in a Freezer Ziploc baggie! So easy!