Picking Blueberries

Summer is now officially underway! The summer solstice kicked off at 11:54 am EDT on Friday. This means that the sun’s direct rays are now traveling back towards the equator and our day’s will now be getting shorter when it comes to daylight.

We will always have 24 hours in a day, it’s just now our long summer nights will slowly be coming to an end.

My question to you though… how do you celebrate summer?

For me, I celebrated and picked a few blueberries. After all, it is blueberry season. And the season is young, so you still have time to go.

The beginning of blueberry season as some blueberries are still not ripe.
The beginning of blueberry season as some blueberries are still not ripe.

I went to pick at a farm in Eden, Maryland. They had rows of blueberry bushes and plenty to pick from. There were a few other pickers, but just enough so you can still feel like you’re the only one out there and take in the nature all around you.

Getting Started

I pulled into the parking lot and I signed in to let them know I’m here. I did forget a bucket, but luckily they had some available for just 80 cents.

Blueberries in a bucket. Each bucket holds about 4 to 5 pounds.
Blueberries in a bucket. Each bucket holds about 4 to 5 pounds.

And each bucket was able to hold about 4 to 5 pounds of blueberries. That’s a lot!

I initially said to myself that I was never going to pick that many, but I did!

Once I had my bucket, it was off to pick those blueberries. This farm has 7 different varieties and they were all intermixed with another, so there was no way of knowing which kind of blueberry you were picking.

Although, you could tell once you got to each individual bush. Some bushes still needed time to ripen and some had smaller or bigger blueberries than others.

For me, I prefer the bigger ones. Hint: They’re easier to pick.

But I generally had no preference on which ones I put into my bucket.

The Obstacles

There were a few hurdles along the way. There was definitely a fair share of bugs, it was hot and humid, and some kids were whining.

I was very careful to not let any bugs into my bucket… that was tricky.

The weather was hot and muggy… something not unusual for Delmarva. The dewpoints were in the 70s!! Now, when the dew points are in the 60s that’s considered humid, but the 70s, that’s oppressive.

Another hot and muggy day on Delmarva.
Another hot and muggy day on Delmarva.

And with the whining kids, they were complaining how hot and tired they were, but I get it, because it was. But I ignored them, because I was in my zone just concentrating on filling up my bucket and I eventually picked 4.58 pounds of blueberries.

That was good enough for me since I knew I wasn’t going to eat that many. Especially fresh ones, so once I got back home, I divided them up and put half in the fridge and half in the freezer.

That way I can use the blueberries all year long. This is because they generally only last a few days in the fridge before they start to get mushy.

Overall, this was a good adventure and I got to pick many blueberries. I think that the next time I go, I’ll have to pick when the weather isn’t as hot or muggy.

But it was definitely a great way to welcome in the summer!

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