Visiting Local Blueberry Farm

Written by Denise Sawyer on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

Thanks to the early Spring we’ve been having, its blueberry season in Georgia! Last year my family planted blueberry bushes in front of our house. We needed some landscaping and figured, why waste hard work and resources on plants you can’t eat! We decided on blueberry bushes since they grow well in our area and because my son absolutely loves them! They are a great healthy, packable snack for hungry little toddlers on the go!

Although we have collected a few handfuls of berries from our new bushes there’s no way these new bushes will keep us in enough berries to curb our cravings. So, each spring my family makes a trip to a local farm where we can pick our own berries for a fair price.

Making the trip out to the local blueberry farm is a tradition for us now. I even went last year when I was 6 months pregnant, with a two year old in tow - now that is dedication! I love taking my son to pick the berries. I think it is important that he learns where our food comes from. And, spending an hour or so outdoors listening to the birdies chirp while we fill our buckets together is a relaxing way to spend a little family time. It is rewarding too, when we get to bring home our bounty and split it up into portions to keep in the fridge for munching and freeze some for later when the fresh berries are all gone.

I also love that we are supporting a local grower. Local food seems to tastes better. Fruits and vegetables riper since I know I picked them at the peak of freshness. And, since I can “shake the hand that feeds me,” I can also ask about the way the farmer grows his plants and how he controls the pests. This way I know exactly what kind of product I am taking home.

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Denise Sawyer

Denise Sawyer, official food blogger for the Commission, has kicked off the blueberry season with a blog post on the Commission’s website about visiting local blueberry farms with her family.  To see her latest blog post, click here.  To check out her website, visit Wholesomemommy.com.

Comments (4)

  • Liz@HoosierHomemade
    Liz@HoosierHomemade
    18 April 2012 at 21:19 |

    Oh we love blueberrys! We usually don't have them until July, here in Indiana.
    ~Liz

  • Lori
    Lori
    18 April 2012 at 21:23 |

    I LOVE blueberries Denise!!! I've never been to a local grower but I'll see if there's one around!

  • Sheena
    Sheena
    18 April 2012 at 21:43 |

    "Why waste hard work and resources on plants you can’t eat!" - my thoughts exactly!

    Jayden loves him some blueberries so we are going to plant a bush or two in larger containers. We'll also be visiting our local farm in July.

  • Jenn @ Frugal Upstate
    Jenn @ Frugal Upstate
    19 April 2012 at 07:41 |

    Growing up in Maine I couldn't help but be a blueberry gal! I love taking them and freezing them on a cookie sheet (so they stay individual instead of freezing into a block), then pouring them into a zippered baggie so I can scoop out just enough for pancakes, muffins or a smoothy throughout the rest of the year!

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