There is nothing like going blueberry picking and doing it the old-fashioned way…Picking the blueberries off of a bush instead of a store shelf!
On our way up to the lake on Saturday we stopped to pick blueberries at a local blueberry farm. We pass by the blueberry farm when we are coming up to the lake so I thought it would be fun to stop and pick some fresh blueberries when the season arrived. We were not disappointed!
When we arrived we went into the shed building to see how we would go about our little adventure. When driving up the driveway you see rows of flowers, some bushes and then a lot of areas of blueberry bushes. The different areas of blueberry bushes had coverings of green netting surrounding them to protect them from the animals that may be roaming around.
The shed building was where we needed to go to check in. We were each given a five gallon bucket and told what areas of bushes we could pick from. That day the blueberry picking was being done in sections A and B. Areas A and B are right outside of the shed building.
The weather was very overcast with a few sprinkles on our way up there. While we were at the blueberry farm the weather was still overcast but with no rain. This ended up being great weather for blueberry picking as we did not get too hot.
The boys went along with my blueberry picking idea because they knew I wanted to do it. Although it only took about two seconds for the boys to agree that blueberry picking is fun! There is something about being outside and picking your food fresh from the bush. I just love that feeling!
We only picked blueberries for a minute or two when there were cries of excitement from Thing 1 and Thing 2. They found a tiny little frog. It is still beyond me as to how they managed to find it when it seemed to blend right into the landscaping. They were beyond excited.
The next thing we came across were beetles. They were on a lot of the blueberries and, at first, freaked the boys out. The beetles are not my favorite either! We did ask about the beetles on the way out and we were told that the bees pollinate the blueberry bushes but that the beetles just eat them. While we were picking the blueberries the boys and I had come up with all kinds of ways that the beetles could help the blueberry bush but, in the end, it’s just as simple as the beetles liking to eat the blueberries as much as we do!
When we were finished picking, snacking and exploring in the blueberry patch, we went back to the shed. We ended up with about five pounds of blueberries between the three of us!
I could tell that the boys wanted to stay yet so we went to the flower field. In the flower field you can pick stems of fresh flowers for 25 cents each. Our bouquet turned out nice. However, by the time that we finally got them up to the Lake they were beginning to wilt. I have them in a large cup of water which perked them up some.
In the shed building there are items for sale. They are miscellaneous homegrown vegetables, drinks, ice-cream and some dried flowers. I found a cute tiny bouquet of flowers so I bought it. I have the perfect spot for it in a little teapot plant holder. This little dried bouquet fits in there perfectly!
What started out as a quick stop ended up being a great 90 minute adventure! I’m going to clean up all of our blueberries and we are going to be having some great snacks. I’m thinking that I may make some blueberry muffins in addition to just snacking on the blueberries. I think freezing some would be a good idea too because that’s a nice treat in oatmeal, smoothies or yogurt.
I just love these little mini adventures that the boys and I get to take together! They make such treasured and special memories!