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Picking Blueberries - Summer Fun for the Whole Family

Updated on April 24, 2015
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Virginia enjoys her cottage in the NH woods near a lake. It's a beautiful area that attracts weekenders and summer folk.

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Wild Blueberries, Pick-Your-Own Blueberries, and Yummy Blueberry Recipes

Blueberry lovers find many ways to use the versatile fruit. I'll share with you my tips for picking these and some favorite recipes. Think of blueberry muffins, blueberry syrup for your blueberry French toast bake, blueberry crumble and blueberries on ice cream.

Check out the pick-your-own listing below to find a place nearby to pick this wonderful fruit. Keep an eye out for opportunities to pick wild ones if they grow in your area too. In New Hampshire, I pick the wild ones in July.

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Where to Pick-Your-Own Blueberries

We pick blueberries at Blueberry Hill near Sanford, Maine.
We pick blueberries at Blueberry Hill near Sanford, Maine. | Source

We like to pick blueberries every summer at Blueberry Hill near Sanford, Maine. We take our plastic buckets and fill them to the brim. Of course, we eat a lot as we are picking. Since they have high-bush blueberries, we don't have to stoop down and the the bushes even provide some shade so it doesn't get too hot.

Picking the blueberries is lots of fun and makes a good excursion for the whole family. Even more fun, is eating the blueberries. Continue on down this page for some recipes.

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Advice for Picking Blueberries

You'll need a lightweight, not-too-deep bucket so it won't get too heavy and so the fruit won't crush the ones on the bottom. The berries are easily pulled from the stems by hand. Most berry farms weigh the containers before you start picking and deduct that from the final weight.

Dress comfortably for a farm setting as you'll be walking in grass. Wear a hat and put on sunscreen.

Aren't They Beautiful? And So Good for You

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Yummy Blueberry Recipes

Who can resist blueberry pancakes?
Who can resist blueberry pancakes? | Source

I like to make blueberry crumble. A crumble is essentially mixing flour, sugar and butter until it reaches a crumbly texture. Mix some cornstarch with the blueberries, top with the crumble mixture and bake until done.

I Love the Berries Fresh with Just Milk or Frozen Yogurt on Top

Who can resist fresh fruit for dessert when it looks like this? You can cook the blueberries to make a sauce to serve over the ice cream too.
Who can resist fresh fruit for dessert when it looks like this? You can cook the blueberries to make a sauce to serve over the ice cream too. | Source

Blueberry Recipes (books from Amazon)

People share their favorite blueberry recipes in a variety of cookbooks. It's hard to choose just one but the reviewers love this one. 5 stars!

Grow Blueberries in the Garden

You Can Order the Plants - through Amazon

It is important to get at least two varieties for cross-pollination. I have 6 different varieties of blueberries so I can have early, mid-season and late ones to pick. It's mid-June in New Hampshire, as I write this, and my bushes are loaded. It's time to give them a dose of Miracle-Gro to give them a boost as the berries ripen over the next month or so.

Plants in My Blueberry Patch in New Hampshire

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Products for Growing Blueberries

Blueberry bushes need acid soil, so use the kind of fertilizer that says it is for azaleas and rhododendrons. Here are some books on caring for your blueberry plants.

Blueberries to Buy - Dried, Canned, Fresh

If you don't have time to pick your own fresh blueberries or it is the wrong season for blueberries, you can use these instead. The canned ones are plump while the dried ones are like the ones you see in a blueberry muffin mix. Those rehydrate when they are cooked in a mix.

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What's Your Favorite Way to Eat These Wonderful Berries?

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      @gottaloveit2: I picked my first wild blueberry of the season this morning. It didn't make it to the kitchen, it went right into my mouth.

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      gottaloveit2 3 years ago

      The best blueberries I've ever picked were growing wild near Acadia in Maine. Amazing fruit. We had blueberry pancakes, martinis, etc.

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      Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

      I like to mix fresh blueberries in my daily smoothies. Would love to pick my own blueberries, or even better yet, grow my own. Thanks for the resources. Appreciated!

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      SamanthaHaupt 4 years ago

      Frozen blueberries and Cool Whip is delicious!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @Margaret Schindel: Sounds delish!

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      Margaret Schindel 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      I love homemade blueberry pie, especially the ones my mother-in-law makes with the wild blueberries she picks in Maine. But fresh blueberries with whipped cream are great...even better if you mix them with some fresh raspberries and fresh strawberry slices! :)

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      Paul 5 years ago from Liverpool, England

      Try a handful of fresh blueberries in porridge.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @MaggiePowell: I'm not getting as many berries as I'd like. Probably I should test the soil to see if it has the right acidity.

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

      We had a small blueberry bush in the yard... total production- 3 berries... California is not blueberry country. I always wanted to pick them, ever since reading "Blueberries for Sal".

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      @Scarlettohairy: They don't charge for the ones you eat, only the ones in the bucket.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Oh yum! I love blueberries but have never picked them. More would go in my mouth than the bag, I think!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      @dpgibble: It's been an extra-warm spring in New Hampshire too, but I don't have nearly that many blueberry bushes.

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      ChrisDay LM 7 years ago

      We have a special love of blueberries - and so health-giving.

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      dpgibble 6 years ago

      @GrinningFool: We had an early season in upstate SC. Our little 7-year-old patch of 400 bushes could yield over 300 gal. this season which runs most of the way thru Aug. Our berries are also getting rave reviews.

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      AJ 6 years ago from Australia

      A true superfood. Blessings.

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      Fresh from the bush blueberries are the best...when I can't get that frozen or preserved (jam, dried) are the next best thing!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      I love blueberry ice cream ... blueberries are truly magical little bits of fruit.

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      GrinningFool 6 years ago

      Just got done picking about 20 pounds of them. The season was late here in Oregon but they are the best I have ever tasted!

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Blueberries in cream with a teaspoon of sugar. Yummy!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My favorite way to eat blueberries is in a pie.

      With ice cream.....

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I love blueberry pancakes! Had some this morning too!

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