Blueberries

Blueberries

U-Pick Season: June-July??.....

U-PICK & WHAT TO EXPECT

  • The strawberry patch is located across the street from our store. Our field is broken up into 3 sections and we grow 12+ varieties, which are all labeled for your convenience.

  • “Where do I go when I arrive?”

  • Park in the lot by the field. Your first stop is at our shed to pick up a reusable picking container; or have the one that you brought from home weighed.  We will also tell you which rows we are picking from that day.

  • Our strawberries are grown on raised, plastic beds. This system keeps the plants cleaner, cuts down on weeds, and keeps our fruit from sitting in puddles of water. We spread straw between the rows to keep our field clean for you & your family.

  • We do ask that you please keep the weather in mind and dress appropriately. If it has rained recently, boots or waterproof shoes are a good idea. There is no shade in the field so don’t forget your sunscreen.

  • Do you know which varieties you like by name? If you do, great! If you don’t, we encourage you to try a sample while picking. We want to ensure that you go home with a basket full of berries that you are going to love! In case you are wondering, yes, it is safe to eat the berries in our fields without washing them first. Our family & employees do – LOTS!

  • When you have finished picking, head back to our shed to have your berries weighed and pay right there in the field. How easy is that?!? We accept cash & credit cards (MC, Visa, Discover) at our sheds.

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FACTS

Cooking &

Handling

STORAGE

FACTS:

 
Blueberry Bush
Blueberry Bush
  • Early American colonists made grey paint by boiling blueberries in milk.

  • If all the blueberries grown in North America in one year were spread out in a single layer, they would cover a four-lane highway that stretched from New York to Chicago.

  • The blueberry is the second most popular berry in the U.S., the strawberry is number one. Over 200 million pounds of blueberries are grown commercially each year.

  • North America produced nearly 90% of world blueberry production in 2005.

  • Blueberries are rich in Vitamins A, C, E and beta-carotene as well as rich in the minerals potassium, manganese, magnesium.

  • They are very high in fiber and low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.

  • 1 c. of blueberries is 84 calories.

  • Blueberries contain no cholesterol or fat and are also low in calories.

  • Blueberries are high in dietary fiber, Vitamin A and niacin.

  • They contain iron and other trace minerals and are a fair source of Vitamin C.

  • Blueberries are ranked No. 1 in antioxidant activity compared with 40 other commercially available fruits and vegetables. That means a serving of blueberries has more of the antioxidant power you need to fight aging, cancer and heart disease.

 

COOKING & HANDLING TIPS:

  • Like a healthy human being, a vibrant blueberry should have a little bounce to it.

  • Once picked, don’t place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn’t form in the container.

  • Don’t wash berries until just before using to prevent berries from becoming mushy.

Blueberry Crepes
 

STORAGE TIPS:

Blueberries
Blueberries
  • DON’T wash the berries until you are ready to use them. Washing makes them more prone to spoiling. Raspberries may be kept fresh in the refrigerator for two or three days, depending upon the initial quality of the berry. After a few days in storage, however, the fruit loses its bright color and fresh flavor and tends to shrivel.

  • You can easily freeze berries that you can not use right away – just wash, cut the hulls and lay on paper towels to absorb most of the water from the berries. Spread a single layer on trays and freeze. Once frozen remove the berries from trays and store in air tight container. You now can enjoy raspberries all year round by the handfull instead of thawing out a full container at at time.

  • The berries will keep for many months frozen without air.

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