It was 8 o’clock in the morning and my next door neighbor Kelly and I were looking at our rambunctious children, brainstorming ideas for a fun outdoor activity when it dawned on us… “Let’s go blueberry picking!” The children all squealed with delight, we loaded up in the car, and headed over to our local “You pick blueberry farm.”
Prices range from farm to farm, but we always tend to end up at Church Lake Farm off of Racetrack Rd. in Westchase, where the blueberries are currently $3.00 a pound.
There are an abundance of farms to pick fruits and vegetables in the Tampa Bay area and one of the best websites that I have seen to help you find a place near your home is www.pickyourown.org. Keep in mind that blueberries are officially in season here in Florida and blackberries are not too far behind…so the trick each weekend is to make sure you plan ahead and get out early, otherwise the best ones are picked over and gone before you get there.
Now, if you are like my mother you may be asking, ”What did you do with three pounds of blueberries?” And the answer is: we ate them fresh, we made pancakes and muffins, tossed them into a salad, and made Blueberry Crumb Cheesecake Bars! Yum Yum!!! This delicious recipe comes from Capture the Coast and delights anyone who tries it!.
Recipe can be found on the 52 Week Challenge…