What do you do with a 12-year-old niece who has just started her summer vacation and is already bored? You put her to work picking blueberries.
I picked Susie up early so we would beat the heat. My pick-your-own fruit history was limited to apples and peaches, so I wasn’t sure how labor intensive, bending, stooping or squatting, the picking would be. It turns out to require a bit of all three, but not to a point where my back hurt.
We arrived at Homestead Farms in Poolesville, MD just before 10 a.m. loaded with re-usable plastic blueberry containers and sturdy bags. After a quick tutorial on how to identify and pick ripe berries we were off. A ripe blueberry is entirely blue. If the berry has a hint of red on it then it will still be a bit tart.
It was a sunny day and we quickly picked 12 pounds of delicious juicy berries. What do you do with 12 pounds of fruit? Well you can start as Susie’s mom did and put them in a chocolate cake. Or you can just eat them by the handful at every meal as I am still doing. My only regret - not bringing more containers to fill up with ripe, yummy berries.
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