Yummy Summer Fun: Blueberry Picking Tips

If you’re looking for something fun, healthy and inexpensive to do with your family this month, I have the perfect suggestion for you! Consider taking a trip to a local blueberry patch. Believe it or not, you can actually find a lot of farms that offer blueberry picking in Georgia. To find the location closest to you, visit PickYourOwn.org.

Blueberry season runs from about June 15 to August 15, although I would suggest calling the farm first to ask them when their crop is best for picking and to ensure they are a pesticide/chemical-free farm. While you have them on the phone, make sure they still have a nice amount of crop left to pick. Unfortunately, we neglected to do this on our first blueberry picking outing. We had no idea that it was close to the end of the season and most of the crop was already picked over. It literally took us several hours just to get about a gallon of blueberries. Let’s just say Mom and the kids ended up going to sit in the shade, while Dad worked overtime in the patch! Here are a few tips to help make your blueberry picking trip a success.

Blueberry Picking Day Tips

  • Pack healthy snacks
  • Take lots of cold water
  • Bring sunscreen and bug spray
  • Carry hand towels and a small step ladder (optional)
  • Bring gallon size Ziploc bags and a cooler with a few ice packs 
(to store your berries in during the ride home)
  • Eat or freeze the blueberries within five to seven days (you can also make 
blueberry jam, muffins, or smoothies with your freshly picked blueberries).

I hope you enjoy blueberry picking. Please let me know how it goes! Connect with me at PressOnEnterprise.com. I would love to share your experience with our community!