I had planned to continue the work on painting the cabinets, but when I lamented about the quickly passing blueberry season, my daughter volunteered to work on painting the cabinets, which freed me up to make a quick trip out to the local blueberry farm for a taste of the blues, before the season is over.
I grabbed three of these red buckets, and a small wagon, and I was in business.
The lovely country surroundings, with the mountains, clear blue skies, and gentle breeze were invigorating as I began to pick. Soon my hands (and yes my mouth, cause you gotta do taste tests you know!) were a lovely shade of blue!
There were spots for picnic lunches, and chairs for resting. However, sadly enough, I had time for neither!
In two hours, I picked 19 pounds of blueberries (about 3 gallons). Years of wild blueberry picking as a child helped me out. I had learned a few tricks of the trade, one being that you tie the bucket to your waist, or belt, and hold the bush above your bucket, and gently roll the blueberries between your fingers. The ripe ones fall off, the unripe ones don't. Plop, plop, plop go the berries... a lovely sound as your bucket fills up!
I didn't spend much time gazing around at my surroundings, because I was on a mission, but... it was a beautiful place to be while I worked hard to gather my berries.
Maybe another day I'll come back when their blackberries are in season (sometime in late August), and spend a little more time here. But for today...
... my mission was accomplished - to gather in enough blueberries to last us through the winter until next year.
Once getting the berries home, I washed them, and placed them in large flat trays to flash freeze.
After flash freezing for an hour or two, I place the berries in containers or freezer ziplock bags for storage. Then... it was time to enjoy the blues!
I enjoy blueberries in my daily smoothie, and also there is nothing like a bowl of fresh blueberries, a bit of sugar, and some cream!
A tasty reward after a couple of hours of hard work!
And maybe this weekend I'll find some time to whip up a batch of blueberry muffins, or scones, or cake, or pancakes, or.... something with some of those delicious blueberries ... :)
If you have a delicious or easy blueberry recipe, please share the recipe or your blog post... I'd love to be inspired! Until then... I'm enjoying my taste of blues!