A Day at the Blueberry Farm

Written by Denise Sawyer on Friday, July 06, 2012.

The Blueberry Farm offers buckets to pick your own and they sell them by the gallon.  It is a great place to pick as a family because they welcome kids.  It was a lot of fun talking about the blueberries (and other things) with my three-year-old, Judah, as we picked the ripe berries.

After a great day picking blueberries and just spending some quality time together, we took our blueberry bounty home to create more blueberry goodness.

If you haven’t spent the day picking berries (or any produce) with your family I highly recommend it.  Blueberries are great to start with too. Since they don’t have thorns they are easy to pick, even for the little ones.  Besides the reward of bringing home a bucket or two of blueberries to eat, you’ll also reap the benefit of teaching your children about where their food comes from – which I feel is really important.

As a second grade teacher, I am always surprised at how many children can’t recognize fruits and vegetables that I think of as common – and they haven’t tried them either.  I love that Judah has had the opportunity to try a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and at three, he is very aware that our food comes from the earth, growing out of the ground and/or from trees.

If you’ll be visiting a u-pick farm for the first time this year, there are a few things you should consider:

  • Call the location to confirm the hours of operation and have any questions you have answered.
  • Find out if buckets are supplied for picking or if you will need to bring your own.
  • Even if they supply buckets for picking, most farms will want you to bring something with you to transport the berries home, so you can return their buckets.
  • Go as early as you can. Picking blueberries is a hot job in this Georgia heat, so the earlier you go, the cooler it will be.
  • Bring a water bottle and wear sunscreen!
  • You might want to bring along a step stool if you have one for reaching berries in the tops of the bushes.

Georgia blueberries aren’t around for long, so round up your troops and head out to the local blueberry farm near you - soon!  {Or, if you’re just not up to it scope out the local farmers market for local berries that have been picked for you J}. Click here for a list of pick-your-own farms.

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Denise Sawyer

Denise Sawyer, official food blogger for the Commission, has kicked off the blueberry season with a blog post on the Commission’s website about visiting local blueberry farms with her family.  To see her latest blog post, click here.  To check out her website, visit Wholesomemommy.com.

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