Saturday, April 30, 2011

Blueberry Pickin'!

Blueberry Pickin'!

We went Blueberry Pickin' Today! (8lbs worth!!) We'll be making lots of jams, pancakes, muffins, french toast, pasta, burgers, desserts, etc. with them!   We learned alot more than they are Antioxidants and good for memory!  We learned that really blueberry crops have only been around commecially in Florida for about Two Decades.  The Rabbiteye is the most common.  You need at least Two plants to cross-polinate, but having Three or Four is better for bigger, juicier berries!  The University of Florida has about 15 varieties and they try a different one each year.  Usually, Blueberries grow between May and August, but with Florida crops and the different varieties, they've found they can get them as early as March.  This is especially important for growers, since the earlier they get them to market, the higher the price they recieve.  UF has gotten a block grant, with hopes for more, to research mechanical harvesting and disease understanding.

The only understanding I have is that they are MMMmmm, MMMmmm Good!  One of the Pioneer Recipes we found was for Blueberry Buckle! Kind of like a Crumb Cake! Yum! Can't wait to try.

We'll be cleaning, rinsing, and freezing our Freshly Picked Blueberries today!  In the spirit of All Things Blueberry, we'll be trying to cook everything with Blueberry tonight!  Interestingly, there are more recipes than I thought for Blueberries, both sweet AND savory!!  Shocker!

We'll let you know how it turns out!

Information on how you can pick Blueberries:

The warmer night and nice gentle showers have really ripened the berries quicker than I expected!  The bushes are now loaded with lots of ripe berries.  We have a record volume of berries ready to be picked now!  Our next day to be open is this (Saturday) April 30.  Picking will continue to be good through the following Saturday (May 7).  After May 7, I'll update you on how the picking looks for the 5 to 6 days remaining to be open during the early season and information on where to get Peaches, Thorn-less Blackberries, and Vegetables.

(Blackberries will be in season about Three Weeks from now!)
TWO Seasons to U-Pick at B & G Blueberries

Picking times are 7:00 AM until 1:00 PM -
     EARLY SEASON: (Good Crop) April 23, 26, 27, 30, May 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 18, Maybe 21 ($3.50 per pound) 
     NORMAL SEASON (Great Crop) - June 4, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25, MAYBE July 2 ($2.50 per pound). Check our answering machine for any changes to these dates.

We sell Plants, (Blueberry, Thorn less Blackberry, & Persimmon), fertilizer & pine bark.  Pre-picked Blueberries – Call for details.

From Silver Springs go east on SR 40 to CR 315. Go left 5 1/2 miles to NE 100 St. Go left and follow the Blueberry signs ¼ miles to B & G Blueberries.

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