One of my favorite parts about the summer is getting to go to new places; whether for a week-long trip across the country (or overseas!) or just a drive to an out-of-the-way area that you wouldn't have time to visit during the more constrictive months of the Autumn and Winter. We recently drove out to Golden Bell Blueberry Farm and spent the morning under the low boughs of blueberry bushes, hanging heavy with fruit, and of course I brought my camera along to document it.
What I love about this particular place is the atmosphere; it's so casual and friendly, and you feel like you're going to your family's farm, even if you don't know the owners well. Not to mention the layout is gorgeous! As you can see from the photos, it has a very vineyard-esque feel about it.
Many hands make light work, and we came home laden with sticky fingers, freckled faces and 15.5 pounds of blueberries (pricing is also really decent - much more economical than buying from the grocery store, and you get to physically select the berries you want, so you know they're good!) The morning was so crisp and blue, and the sunlight coming down in shafts between the branches made me a very happy blogger (in fact, I didn't pick many of those blueberries because I was too busy taking pictures - fortunately I was with a few dedicated pickers that made up for it. ;)
I would recommend going early in the day, as that's when the best berries are available, and it's not so hot! Late June/early July is really the best time for blueberries, so if you're planning a trip to your local (or not-so-local) farm, I'd go sooner rather than later.
Have you been blueberry picking before? What was your experience? And what are your favorite recipes that include blueberries? Because we've got a ton right now, and the only thing I consistently make with blueberries are smoothies and pies...