Monday, August 24, 2015

Blueberry morning

A couple of weeks ago, friends told us about a hilltop farm where they had gone to pick high-bush blueberries.  Mr. T and I were intrigued.  It has been a long time since we went blueberry picking just for fun, and we have actually never had to pay to pick blueberries.  But we still thought it would be fun and so planned to go this past Saturday morning.  We called first to check on picking conditions and were told we could pick as long as it wasn't raining.

Saturday morning was a bit cloudy, but not rainy, so we went out for breakfast first and then headed for the u-pick farm.  They were having a special since it is so close to the end of the season and many berries were overripe.  Instead of $5 per quart, it was $30 if you picked ten quarts -- so, $3 per quart.  We decided to see if we could get 10 quarts.
There were nice mountain views in the distance.  A lot of the bushes looked like this; we would just touch a clump of berries and there would be leaves and berries literally falling off.
Still, it was pretty easy picking.
Aren't they beautiful!?
As we worked, we reminisced about how much my mother loved picking blueberries.  When she found a perfect looking clump like this one above, she would save it to adorn the full pail of blueberries.

A branch with all the berry colors!
View of some of the bushes and distant mountains.  That is an electric fence to keep bears out!
The sun came out bright and the day was extremely hot and humid.  Nonetheless, we stuck with it, picked our ten quarts and were home by noon.  A fun and profitable morning!


  1. Good for you! Reminds me of picking blackberries in the summer in the south!

  2. We had wild blueberries in our backyard when I was a little girl - reading your post brought back those memories! What beautiful scenery you enjoyed!

  3. Thanks for visiting, ladies!

    Arlene -- it's funny, there were a few blackberry bushes entwined around some of these blueberry bushes. One had to be careful!

    Whitney -- so nice to see you here! I enjoy your blog very much and it's an honor to have you visit. There are many "blueberry memories" in my childhood also. One of my relatives owned a pasture where high-bush blueberries grew wild, and every summer we would make a trip down there (it was an hour or two away) and pick loads of blueberries. Good memories, and I'm glad you have some "berry special memories" too. And yes, the scenery was so pretty. A nice morning!


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