Sunday, August 7, 2011

Blueberries

Picking blueberries is a summer ritual. We pick gallons of them and freeze them for year-round use in breakfast smoothies, which my husband has mastered. A typical breakfast smoothie of his contains:
  • frozen strawberries and blueberries
  • a ripe banana
  • fat-free vanilla yogurt
  • a little skim milk, soy milk or almond milk - or a combination thereof
  • a little honey (local wildflower or gallberry)
  • wheat germ or flax seed oil



Last year we learned about a blueberry "farm" from our niece. It's a bit of a drive for us, but they charge -- are you ready for this? -- only $4 per gallon! Four dollars! For an entire gallon of blueberries! That's quite a deal. Payment is on the honor system ... just leave your money in a box or mail them a check. 



The picking was easier last year and we must have come home with six gallons. This year, the picking was a little tougher and we only picked three gallons. The best and largest berries mostly seemed to be at the top of the very tall bushes. I wonder if blueberry bushes need to be pruned to keep them low and bushy? Next year, we might have to bring ladders with us just to reach the berries!
Sweet Gillian, the 16-month-old daughter of our niece's friend, had a good time picking berries (some ripe, some not) and dropping them into the bucket.


This handsome farm dog stopped by to see what we were up to, and posed for a photo before moving on.

A little bird's nest tucked among the berries.

Blueberry bushes and a beautiful mountain view.

3 comments:

  1. What a great thing to do on a beautiful summer day. An outing you can remember each time you have blueberries for the next year.

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