Oilyn, the kids, and myself went to Blueberry Hill for some good old-fashioned blueberry picking. The blueberries were actually not ready to be picked for another week (a great disappointment for the kids), so we went strawberry picking instead. Too bad it was the tail end of strawberry season, because we got smaller berries — though, they were still tasty. I picked about a pound of strawberries and purchased some pre-picked blueberries.
I loved how dedicated and excited the Juan kids were about berry picking. They told me about all the various fruits they pick during the year — strawberries first, then blueberries, raspberries, and peaches. After peaches, apples are next in line, but southern Illinois does not grow apples. I think it’s definitely likely that my kids and I will be making field trips to local farms for fruit picking — a great springtime, summertime, and falltime activity for kids of all ages. The kids also told me how they like putting their freshly picked blueberries in the freezer and having them frozen. I tried this when I got home, and they were yummy. Tasted like blueberry popsicles…only bitesized pieces of goodness. : )
The ones below are some I picked up at the Carbondale Farmer’s Market. They are the biggest blueberries I’ve ever seen.