Saturday, June 25, 2011

Blueberry Picking and “Day Old Produce”

 

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A picture of all of the blueberries we picked and the “day old produce” they were selling at $0.50/lb.  We picked ~15 lbs of blueberries!

We took the kids out to Mt. Olympus Farm yesterday to go blueberry picking.  We have enjoyed apple picking and strawberry picking at other farms.  I didn’t find that either of those outside of being a fun family day was really a huge cost savings (the per pound prices were almost the same as the grocery store).  This was our first time blueberry picking and it was not only a fun family afternoon, it was almost half the price to pick my own as it was to buy them in the store!  The blueberries were $2.50/lb at Mt. Olympus(compared to $2 for 8oz at most stores this week) and I “liked” them on facebook for a code that gave me 15% off.  We realized when we got everyone out to the blueberry patch that we left the camera in the car.  Sorry, I don’t have any pictures of dirty blueberry stained faces.  Thank goodness they don’t weigh us before and after to see how many blueberries we ate while picking!

My next project – freezing most of the blueberries so that we can enjoy them all year long!

~Ann

7 comments:

WWadeII said...

Careful on freezing blueberries. I did that last year and they don't have the same texture for eating. They are great for frozen drinks & cooking. I personally use them for my turtles because they float when they are frozen. Looks like a lot of pies in your future.

Alison said...

Great haul, yum! I've picked strawberries there a few times but haven't been for blueberries

Ann said...

WWadeII - I am planning on using them for baking - pies, muffins, blueberry coffee cake, and of course smoothies. :)

Alison - I saw on Mt. Olympus' facebook page that they have a few more weeks of picking, but with baby #2 on the way (or a newborn?) I am sure blueberry picking isn't high on your list right now. I hope you are doing well. :)

Charity said...

Where did you find the 15% off code on facebook. I liked them, but couldn't find it. Thanks!

Ann said...

My husband actually found it for me. It was posted on their wall. When I asked him about it for you. He showed it to me and I noticed it was actually posted the weekend before and it said good Friday - Saturday but didn't show the dates. He thought that meant all weekends. When I mentioned the code to her when we were checking out she gave me the discount.

Miriam said...

I'm hoping to make some blueberry syrup with some of ours, using this recipe: http://www.simplebites.net/how-to-make-your-own-blueberry-syrup/ If you read down through the comments, they say you can can (waterbath, 15 min. 1/2 pt.) or freeze it, too.

Ann said...

Blueberry syrup sounds yummy and would be a great homemade thing to add to a gift! I already froze all of my berries, so I will have to see if I have to go picking again or if I can use my frozen berries.