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Picking Blueberries in Greenville

July 5, 2010

Becks went to her momma’s house to watch the 6 hour version of Pride & Prejudice on their new flats screen television.  I waited until Mason woke up from his nap and then followed her over there. After eating a turkey sandwich with Steve we decided that as thrilling as her choice of movie was we would rather do something else.

Earlier in the week Steve had mentioned that his friend’s farm over in Greenville was loaded with blueberry bushed.  I asked him if he wanted to take a ride over there and noted that when I made jam from the berries he would get half.  This was an offer too good to refuse so we said goodbye to the girls and made the 20 minute ride over to the farm.

No one lives on the farm since the owner’s mother passed away a few years ago.  Steve has access to it through a friend who manages the property for her son who lives in South Florida.  He keeps an eye on things, makes sure the hay is mowed and helps control the local deer population in the fall.

We opened the locked gate and drove a short way onto the property.  The blueberry bushes run along the left side of the drive way as you make your way towards the house.  There were about 20 of them laid out in rows that filled the space between the drive and the woods. 

The grass around the bushes was freshly mowed which made it easier to keep an eye out for snakes and to get at the berries.   The property’s owner did not fertilize or spray pesticides on the berries preferring instead to let them grow naturally.   This decision paid dividends as the bushes were loaded down with large, plump blueberries and even more  that had yet to ripen. They also tasted amazingly good with just the right balance of sweetness and tartness.

Steve and I worked for a little over 45 minutes and picked 2 1/2 gallons of berries.  When we got back to his place he kept 1 gallon while I took the remaining berries and popped them in the fridge.  This week when time permits I plan to make a couple of batches of jam and then freeze the rest for use in pancakes during the year.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 12, 2010 2:48 pm

    I love blueberries. Sounds like it was a great find and a place worth revisiting. So, did you take the picture of the blueberries in your post? If so, I would say you have some really good photography skills as well.

    • July 12, 2010 2:52 pm

      Hey Karl!

      The place really was a great find. I made jam from the berries on Saturday and it turned out really well.

      Concerning the picture, I did not take that. I randomly found it when I googled blueberries. Usually I use my own pics but that one is an exception.

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