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Visit a u-pick blueberry farm is something my family and I look forward to each summer. We visit a local farm at least once each spring and pick enough berries to last us until next spring! Below is information about farms in the Gainesvillle area, as well as tips for visiting the farms and ways to make your berries last throughout the year!
Red White and Blues Farm
1. Aunt Zelma's Blueberries – This u-pick blueberry farm, located in Island Grove, opens April 8! U-pick hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. The farm provides buckets and then weighs the berries when you're done picking. While the price varies, the cost is typically $4/pound.
2. Red White and Blues Farm – This beautiful u-pick farm opens for picking in mid-April every day from 8 am to 4 pm! After grabbing a bucket, you can go into the fields and pick as many berries as you want at $4/pound or $5/pound for pre-picked berries. In addition to picking berries, you can visit the country store.
1.Prepare for lots of SUN! Be sure to bring sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and water.
2. Like with strawberry picking, make sure your kiddos know which berries are ripe and ready to be picked so you don't end up paying for berries that are no good.
3. Close-toed shoes work best since you'll be walking through fields and in and out of bushes.
4. It's a good idea to bring bug spray, especially if it's rained recently. Mosquitoes might be around!
Using and Freezing Your Blueberries
Because filling your buckets with berries is so much fun, you'll end up with tons of blueberries after your trip to the farm! After we visit the farm each year, we always try new and fun blueberry recipes. You can find tons of ideas on our "All about Blueberries!" Pinterest page! We also freeze at least half of our loot. My girls love grabbing frozen blueberries as a snack! Here is the quickest and easiest way to freeze your berries…
1. Cover a cookie sheet in parchment paper.
2. Spread a single layer of berries on the cookie sheet.
3. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer, trying to keep it flat.
4. Once the berries are frozen, you'll be able to dump them into a container or Ziplock bag without them freezing together.
5. Continue the process with the rest of your berries!
Have fun picking blueberries!