Strawberry Season is over in Pennsylvania and Blueberry Season is here! My husband has been talking about blueberry picking for a few weeks. We were supposed to go down the shore this weekend, but Dave just could not get the blueberry picking idea out of his head, so we headed up north to where my parents live. My parent’s grow blueberries, but only a few bushes, not enough for what Dave wanted to pick. Thankfully there are several pick-your-own farms nearby. Today we went to Stemmrich’s Blueberry Farm in Nescopeck, PA.
We brought our son along too. Although, he did some picking, he mostly did eating!
Blueberry Picking Tips:
1. Bring a larger bucket and several smaller buckets. You can put the large bucket in one place and use the smaller buckets for picking. That way you are not hauling around a heavy bucket the whole time.
2. Use a belt to hold your small bucket around your waist so that you can use both hands to push away branches and pick berries.
3. Wear sunscreen, hat and bug spray. There usually is not a lot of shade on a berry farm and of course mosquitos just seem to always be around wherever you are during the summer.
4. Bring a water bottle. It gets hot picking, so stay hydrated!
5. Only pick the blue berries and have fun!
In the end we picked fifteen pounds of blueberries! I see jams, jellies, pies, and much more in our futures.
I posed the question on the Stacia May Cooks Facebook Page, of what everyone’s favorite thing to do with blueberries is, and I got some awesome ideas.
Here are some of my favorite suggestions:
I can’t wait to try some of these out! What is your favorite blueberry dish?