My youngest daughter and I pulled into a roadside farm the minute we saw the PYO Blueberries sign. You have to grab these opportunities when you can, the season for pick-your-own fruits is frustratingly short! We must have hit this one at a good time, because the farmers said the season should go another two weeks. It's a beautiful day today, overnight rain cleared out the heat and humidity and the clouds are glorious against the deep blue sky. This farm is a little off the beaten track, so the rows of blueberry bushes on the hill was almost empty, save for this little cutie (above) and her family. M and I had differing picking techniques. She chose to methodically pluck the berries one by one, sampling a few from each bush and deliberately seeking out the deepest, bluest, most delicious looking blueberries.
I, on the other hand, employed a rather professional technique: grab the bunch of berries, which grow in clusters like grapes, and wiggle your fingers gently against the berries. The ripe fruit will fall into your container while the unripe berries will (hopefully) stay on the bush. I filled my container in no time but I was happy to wait.
I have no idea what we'll do with all the blueberries. We have a pile of perfectly ripe peaches in the kitchen which are next in line for our attention. Most of these berries may be destined for the freezer. I've heard that you should spread the berries on baking sheets and freeze them solid before putting them in zip lock bags. The woman at the farm stand said she just puts the unwashed berries in the baggies and straight into the freezer, so I'll try that. You can usually find lists of farms that offer pick-your-own fruits and veggies online. Just one example is Pickyourown.org which lists places state by state, county by county. I'm now curious what else we can find to pick around here this summer.
Have you done any fruit picking this year?
Sue/the view from great island