Sunday, August 11, 2013

Blueberry Season

Blueberry season is so short but such a heavenly time. No amount of frozen or imported blueberries could ever compare to the divine taste for blueberries straight from the bush. I dream of those blueberries all summer long. The past couple weeks we have been taking the time to visit a local blueberry farm and get our fill.

As blueberry season approaches we find ourselves reading books about blueberries. Peter in Blueberry Land and Blueberries for Sal are our favorites. April is certainly like little Sal amongst the blueberry bushes. She started putting a few in her basket then stood at a bush for a solid 5 minutes inhaling as many berries as she could swallow. Then she ate all the berries from her basket and decided that the basket was best used for collecting dandelions and blueberries were best eaten on the spot.

Even without April's help, we managed to collect about 30lbs for freezing. April eats frozen blueberries by the bowl year round. Last year she ate through our entire supply of frozen berries in just 5 months. We doubled our supply things year. Of course, I insisted that we keep around 5lbs of berries fresh for eating. Nothing like munching away on blueberries for a week solid.

Our own blueberry bushes produced a few small berries but still seem to be struggling. I think it might be time to try planting a different variety in different soil. There really is only so much one can do for a plant that is not getting what it needs to go vigorously. We can't wait to see what next blueberry season will hold for us.

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