Yipee! It’s blueberry season in Central Florida. There are many pick your own farms around, and I try to visit all of them. This week we took my grand kids to Pappy’s Patch U-Pick Strawberries and Blueberries. We went to Pappy’s earlier in the year and picked a flat of strawberries. The place was almost too crowded, and it took us awhile to find a row of strawberries where the picking was good. We got our flat and spent the weekend making strawberry jam.
The strawberries are all gone, but the blueberries are in full swing. They don’t have as many blueberry bushes as they have rows of strawberries, but there were plenty of ripe, plump blueberries to be had. The kids had fun, too, carefully picking the ripe berries without disturbing the green and delicate younger berries. They sampled them, too, as we made our way up and down the rows of blueberry bushes.
For a small patch, Pappy’s had more blueberries than we could pick. In Central Florida fashion, it got hot rather quickly, and pickers slowly started to leave. My husband and grand-daughter looked for shade while my grand son and I kept picking. I wanted to stay until I filled the flat, but the heat became overwhelming. Still, I left with over 4 pounds of ripe blueberries.
I don’t expect the berries to last too long. Ever time we open the fridge we snack on a handful of fresh berries. I’ve already put together my list of must-make blueberry recipes–blueberry jam, blueberry biscuits, blueberry cobbler, blueberry smoothies..the list is nearly endless! My list could shrink a lot if we keep snacking on the fresh berries.
Picking fresh fruits at a local patch is a great family activity. It doesn’t take much time to pick a couple of pints, and the kids really enjoy the outdoors. There’s still time to pick your own blueberries at Pappy’s. They’re open for about another two weeks. If you check out Pappy’s Facebook page, you’ll find the price per pound and the daily hours for the rest of the blueberry season.
Pappy’s Patch is located at 700 Florida Ave, Oviedo, Florida.