Everyone loves blueberries!
Blueberries are one of the heartier berries around, with a growing season that some years can extend into September, depending on the weather. So plan to visit the farm between early July and and some years, as late as Labor Day, a few times to stock up on nature's convenience food! Please check our recorded message on 860-633-7467 or Facebook before coming to make sure we are indeed open for blueberry picking.
How to pick blueberries
- Ripe blueberries are plump, deeply colored and pleasantly tinged with a powdery complexion.
- Pick all of the ripe blueberries on your assigned bush. Large or small, every blue berry is ripe and ready to eat.
- Green berries will not ripen after picking. Ripe berries should give easily from the bush.
- Look under the leaves and within the branches of the blueberry bush to find tons of berries ripe for the picking.
Take 'em home
- Remember, blueberries are perishable and need to be handled gently.
Protect the berries from sunlight...particularly in your car.
- Take the berries straight home...don't leave them in a hot car.
Storing your blueberries...
- Blueberries are probably the easiest fruit to prepare and serve. There’s no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting.
- Fresh blueberries are perishable and should be refrigerated. They should be consumed within 10-14 days after harvesting. They should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Mother Nature has provided the blueberry with a special protective coating; it's important not to wash it off until just ready to use.
A healthy treat
- Blueberries are a nutritional giant, containing iron, vitamins A and C, fiber, carotenoids, antioxidants, and anthocyanosides.
- Regular consumption of blueberries may reduce various signs of aging.
- Blueberries are good for the eyes. They have been shown to improve night vision and may also protect against cataracts and glaucoma.
- Folk medicine relies that blueberries are good for treating stomach ailments!
- Do not wash blueberries before freezing.
- For loose packed berries, spread them in a shallow roasting pan or cookie sheet and place in freezer until hard, approximately 1 hour. Transfer to freezer in either bags or containers; store at 0 degrees or lower.
- Freezer life is one year.
- The secret of success in freezing blueberries is to have berries completely dry before freezing.
Ten Quick Ways with Blueberries
- Stir into plain or vanilla yogurt.
- Alternate layers of blueberries and vanilla pudding to make a parfait.
- Sprinkle over hot or cold cereal.
- Spoon over ice cream.
- Mix with cottage cheese.
- Add to fruit salad.
- Fold into lightly sweetened whipped cream or whipped topping.
- Fill an ice cream cone half full with blueberries, top with vanilla or blueberry swirl ice cream.
- Serve in cantaloupe half; top with a dollop of yogurt.
- Eat out of hand, they're better than candy!
Please visit our recipes page
for many delicious treats you can make yourself with our produce.