Sterling Acres Blueberry Farm
I wasn’t really sure what how I wanted to approach this post this week. I mean, there is some pretty good stuff I have been reading and watching, but nothing that I feel inclined to talk about right now. As you might expect when you suffer from indecision like this it can be difficult to come to a place where you feel ready to do much of anything.
And then I had a saving moment. See, my wife and I have been trying to synch our schedules with the open hours of a blueberry farm near our house. This place is actually only about 10 minutes away. It’s a quick ride, and even better when you consider that most of the other places around our house are closer to an hour away. I honestly think you would end up paying so much for gas to one of those places that the savings you would get from the self-pick wouldn’t equal how much gas you are wasting. Or in other words it just isn’t cost effective to drive so far away for the berries. I am all about saving some cash and I would rather pay 1.35 for a pound of blueberries instead of over 2.00 a pound any day.
Mind you the chance to snack while you are picking can’t be denied as a huge bonus too. Cause yeah, I ate a huge number of blueberries today. And here it is, I wrote a bunch of nothing to tell you we went berry picking. It seems odd but I haven’t done anything with food here in a bit.
We picked up some interesting tidbits about the farm on our quick ride to where the blueberry bushes were located. Sterling Acres is a family run farm that was actually purchased for space to house one of the family’s horses. The acres of blueberry bushes were an added bonus. Granted, they don’t really do much with the bushes outside of opening them up during the season for pickers to work their way through and get all they desire.
We were told during our short drive (we were given a golf cart ride and some extra conversation because we had never been there before) that at one point they had hired someone to harvest the left overs when one year. But at the time the return on that investment didn’t pan out enough to make it worthwhile. So instead they decided to keep it as a u-pick operation. When the season is done (or when their schedules change) they are done. Basically, they get what they can from adventurous pickers and that gives enough value to make it worth their time.
While we were working our way through I had thought that some blueberry mead would be great with fresh blueberries right off the bush. But that is something to plan for the future. But we do have about 4 pounds of blueberries right now and I haven’t decided yet what it is I want to do with what we have. I mean to say, I could sit there all day just popping them into my mouth. Fresh blueberries are one of the greatest things you could ever eat.
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