blueberries this year…….

blueberries this year.......

blueberries this year.......

blueberries this year.......

blueberries this year.......

blueberries this year.......

blueberries this year.......

blueberries this year.......

I felt guilty clicking on the farm's facebook page after I booked my ticket home.

Maybe I'll catch the tail end of blueberry season, I thought.

I had read before leaving it would be a bumper crop. I hoped the cool summer might make the season last longer. Turns out it did.

We made it out to the farm twice. I love it there. Quiet. Peaceful. Meditative. You berry pickers know.

The first time the younger two and I went alone and we picked 26 pounds in an hour and a half. They were done after the first hour, but I convinced them to help me finish up the last bucket. Okay, convince might be a stretch. I bribed them with a coffee shop visit before the fourty minute trip home. Amazing what kids will do for a cocoa and cookie. As we left the farm, the kids discovered sour cherries and picked a handful each…. squealing with puckered faces as they gobbled them up. 

The next time Joe came too and we took three of ours plus two extras. (the girls had friends come along.)

One of the big girl's friends was perplexed as to why anyone needed this many blueberries. With a straight face I told her we were preparing for the zombie apocalypse. For a minute I think she beleived me. She had watched Joe & I can fifty pounds of tomatoes the evening before and we do have chickens & bees. My girls burst out laughing…. thank goodness…. and said something about best homemade jam and putting gallons of berries in the freezer

While we picked, the big girls wandered away from us and sang show tunes the entire time. I went looking for them at the end and another picker asked, are you looking for two very theatrical young women? I told him yes and he pointed me in the right direction. He and his family had gotten quite a kick out of them performing and simultaneously picking blueberries. We picked 33 pounds between the 7 of us in just under two hours that morning.

Bringing the total to 59 pounds this year.

7 gallons in the freezer. 7 pints of blueberry-lemon-honey sauce. 16 pints and 7 half pints of blueberry-lemon-honey jam (recipe in this lovely book!). 

My corner in the basement is being filled little by little with canned goods. It's a ton of work. For sure. And not my favorite on the hottest of days.

But blueberries don't wait.

xo,

s

 

16 thoughts on “blueberries this year…….

  1. 59 pounds is a great harvest. It really was a good blueberry season all the way around and I am thankful for all my berries too. I have been having blueberries every morning in my smoothie for months, they never get old.

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  2. Holy cow! That’s a lot of blueberries. I myself looooove some blueberry syrup on stuff. I think im gonna have to check out that recipe for the jam!! Sounds delish!

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  3. Yummy! When we were in Maine in August we went blueberry picking. We picked a gallon of blueberries even though we were on vacation. I had serious thoughts to trying to can some jam in our hotel kitchen but alas we just ate them all with abandon. Handful by delicious handful at a time. 🙂 Something we could never ever do here. When we got back blueberries were 5.99 for a small container. we paid 8 dollars for a gallon of them in Maine.

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  4. Stephanie, besides Rocky Point (which I have picked at for years and years because I love it and because I live nearby…) I also discovered Dame Farm in Johnston this year. I split my picking this year between the two locations. Dame, some weeks, had berries that were HUGE and I could pick 5 pints off one bush. I basically stood there and they fell into the bucket. So for next year, you may want to check them out as well as the wonderful Rocky Point.
    Also, in case you don’t know about it, at the end of the street is access to the wonderful Rocky Point walking path: http://trailsandwalksri.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/rocky-point-warwick/

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  5. We had a fruit CSA this season too, so we got buckets from that as well. At least ten pounds worth that the kids just gobbled down. Berries are usually a treat here and we savor them….. so when it is blueberry season I let them eat as much as they want. I love seeing them with bowls full. Blue tongues and fingers. So yummy!

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  6. I wish I had picked more! I would have loved to get 12 gallons in the freezer. It’s so affordable to pick our own. And the berries are just the best! I’m hopeful the blueberry sauce will be amazing on pancakes and yogurt this winter 🙂

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  7. I know right!?! I love seeing the kids eat them by the bowl full this time of year. We pay around 2.30 a pound when we pick our own….. and they have a punch card so the more you pick the cheaper it gets. They also have a board that has a list of names for the people that pick 100+ pounds…. one of these years I’d love to get my name on that list 🙂

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  8. I will totally check them out for blueberry season next year. Looks like they apples too! We’re hoping to do a trip a week for the next few weeks so we can put up a lot of apples in jars. Thank you for the walking path link too…. another thing to do next year 🙂 Also, I made the blueberry liquor! It’s such a lovely shade of blue. I’m going to make one with sugar and the other with honey. Just to see what the difference in. I’m kind of swooning over combining honey with everything this season!

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  9. THAT is one honking’ harvest! We made lots of of blubbery jam this year. It really has been a bumper crop! We still have them trickling in, so now I will move on to freezing as much as will fit in our tiny freezer. Should be fun to have homemade blueberry ice cream in the middle of winter! 🙂 Then again, why wait! Happy eating to you all!

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  10. oh stephinie! thank you so so much! i received your lovely package on a day i really needed a pick me up… i actually cried as i opened it and read your card… at all of the thought and care you put into it. i love everything in it so very much. it’s as if you really know me… but maybe we are just that much alike 🙂 i feel completely honored to have a piece of your very first batch of honey… i feel as though you gave me something more precious than gold… truly. once again… thank you!

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  11. So. Jealous! Blueberries are astronomically expensive out here, and there are no “u-pick” places anywhere nearby. Despite California being the cornucopia of the U.S.

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  12. Yeah! I’m so glad you loved everything!! Looking forward to posting swap photos now that yours has safely arrived to you. I poured over your blog to make sure (I hoped) that I was sending something very lovely just for you! And yes! I do think we have a great deal in common too. The honey is amazing….. so glad to share a treasure with a kindred spirit. xo~

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  13. Blueberries love the northeast like nowhere else I have lived. And that’s saying a lot ‘cuz I’ve been around. lol. Email me your address if you’re brave and I’ll send you some jam. For reals. xo~

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