…On Blueberry Hill

It’s that time of year again! It’s blueberry picking time.

I eat a lot of blueberries y’all. I mean, I pretty much keep them on hand 365 days a year. I love to eat them by the handful, in yogurt, frozen, and obviously, blueberry cobbler is ah-ma-zing! When June rolls around, I look forward to picking them fresh from a local farm. 

I don’t always make it over to Piney Fork Berry Farm, but I try to go at least every other year, so there are some on hand in the freezer. 

I have learned a few things over the years of berry picking – mostly by watching the older pickers and Mennonite ladies I’ve observed. 

  1. Go early – as early as possible. This farm opens at 6AM. I don’t always make it right at 6, but it’s best when you do. 
  2. Wear a wide brimmed hat to stay in the shade as much as possible, it can get extremely hot. 
  3. Wear sunscreen or a long sleeve shirt. 
  4. Take an extra pair of shoes and towel. It’s typically wet with dew so your feet get covered in dirt and grass. 
  5. Wear rubber boots (alternative to #4 above)
  6. Take a belt or rope to tie around your waist and hold a bucket so you can use both hands to pick. 
  7. Take extra plastic bags to use in the bucket.
  8. BONUS: My daughter in law took a wagon this year and it was great to hold the buckets, berries, and kiddos!

I truly love all the different fresh fruit seasons I have access to around here. Local strawberries, blueberries, peaches, and watermelons. I enjoy each one. 

If you have the opportunity to go pick berries or fruit where you live, I highly suggest it. It will give you a new appreciation for your food. 

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