Blueberry Picking

15 05 2014

It was my birthday this week, so naturally I took a small chunk of time off work and had a B-day Extravaganza weekend, part of which included blueberry picking. I’ve wanted to try it for 4 or 5 years now and always miss the season. Well!

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Harriet’s Bluff Farm is only about an hour north of Jacksonville (just past the St. Mary’s exit – where you turn for the Cumberland Island ferry), and they have tons and tons of organic blueberries. I could not have had a better experience. The people were friendly, everything was marked and clear, and the blueberries were delicious!

This sign marks the road to the farm...

This sign marks the road to the farm…

There's plenty of room for parking as well as porter potties and a lunch area.

There’s plenty of room for parking as well as porter potties and a lunch area.

Any row marked with an orange ribbon can be picked from.

Any row marked with an orange ribbon can be picked from.

...walking past many rows of blueberries toward the ripe ones near the far end

…walking past many rows of blueberries toward the ripe ones near the far end

Yum!

Yum!

Look at the size of it! Much bigger than you see at the store, and for a much better price.

Look at the size of it! Much bigger than you see at the store, and for a much better price.

Each row shows what variety it is. A lot of rebels are ripe now, as well as emeralds. All are tasty.

Each row shows what variety it is. A lot of rebels are ripe now, as well as emeralds. All are tasty.

Huge! You could wander here for hours.

Huge! You could wander here for hours.

Surprisingly, there weren’t many, if any, mosquitos. There were a bunch (a bunch!) of lovebugs, but those are harmless. They don’t bite or itch or anything. I suppose you should bring bug spray just in case though.

the final haul...about 5 pounds!

the final haul…about 5 pounds!

Cute blueberry picking tips

Cute blueberry picking tips

Approaching the check-out area to weigh and pay for berries.

Approaching the check-out area to weigh and pay for berries.

It was so much fun, and I’d recommend to anyone that they visit Harriett’s! Of course I got a little carried away with the berry picking, so immense baking activity had to be undertaken – see below:

Yummy baked goods made from our blueberry loot - blueberry muffins, blueberry oat bar, and mini blueberry pie (underneath the muffins)

Yummy baked goods made from our blueberry loot – blueberry muffins, blueberry oat bar, and mini blueberry pie (underneath the muffins)

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