We may all be roasted, toasted, and wilted in this heat but there’s one happy camper in Minnesota right now: the blueberry crop. With all the warm weather, blueberry season has started in the Metro and pick-your-own locations are waiting for anyone willing to brave the muggy mess we’re in. The kitchen partner and I will be celebrating our 4th of July holiday with cool vanilla ice cream topped with fresh local berries. Search Pinterest for red, white, and blue desserts if you need some patriotic inspiration of your own! Here’s a re-post of Find it Local Friday: Blueberries from last season with all the best Metro picking locations. And always remember to call ahead for picking info!
Here are 4 places for some blueberry adoration this weekend:
Blueberry Fields of Stillwater in Stillwater, roughly 18 miles from St. Paul offers early morning and early evening picking hours, dependent upon how quickly the berries ripen. Their website and phone line have up-to-date information on picking times.http://www.blueberryfieldsofstillwater.com/
The Berry Patch in Forest Lake, MN 19 miles from St. Paul, is offering a 5 quart pick-your-own bucket for $25! http://www.berrypatchmn.com/
Covered Bridge Farm also in Forest Lake was where we picked last year. Hours and picking conditions are also updated online and by phone. I would recommend coming early as the field was full by 9 AM. The berries were top-notch! https://sites.google.com/a/coveredbridgefarm.net/www/home
Bauer Berry Farm in Champlin, MN 29 miles from St. Paul offers morning picking from 8 AM to 11 AM on low-bush variety plants (3-4 feet tall), established in 1985. All of the 1500 bushes are pruned and maintained by hand with no chemical treatment. http://www.bauerberry.com/
Blue Heaven Berry Farm in Stacy MN 29 miles from St. Paul just opened for picking this week. Picking times are on Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends both AM and PM. Their website says to plan ahead as they will likely pick-out quickly this year! http://www.blueheavenberryfarm.com/
Wisp-O-Willow Farm in Stacy, MN 29 miles from St. Paul is one of the newer growers in the area. http://wispowillow.intuitwebsites.com/index.html
If you live out of the Twin Cities area, search the Minnesota Grown’s blueberry listings for one of the 29 growers in your area.
If you’re wondering what to do with all of those gorgeous berries when you get home (Do you really need ideas? Who doesn’t want to just eat them by the handful anyway!?!), here’s two of my favorite blueberry recipes from last season: