Pick-Your-Own blueberries for fun and savings

July 22, 2009 10:14:23 AM PDT
Going blueberry picking is a family tradition for Noella Foulkes, her daughter -- and this year -- her little grand-daughter, Ayoluwa.

"They taste yummy!" says Ayoluwa.

"I like being out here in the fresh air, the sun," says Foulkes.

In addition to being a fun family activity, berry picking is a money-saver. Here at Wells Blueberry Farm in Southampton, you pay $1.50 for each pound of berries you pick. That compares to $2.50 a pint at some local supermarkets.

And the ones you eat while picking... They're free!

"That's the advantage of picking your own," explains Roland Wells, a fifth-generation blueberry farmer, who owns Wells Blueberry Farm (466 Retreat Road, Southampton, New Jersey).

If you go blueberry picking, wear old shoes, and bring some water to drink. Most Pick-your-own farms in our area will give you a bucket to carry what you've picked, but you might want to bring your own bags or cartons to bring your berries home.

And pick more than you use right away. Blueberries are easy to freeze -- just put them in a freezer bag. Then, like frequent picker Anna Mushinski of Leisuretown, you'll have plenty to use all year long.

Blueberry season is pretty much over at the end of July, but other Pick-Your-Own farms in our area offer raspberries, peaches, nectarines, tomatoes and corn throughout the summer.

For a state-by-state directory of Pick-Your-Own Farms and what's available for picking, click here.

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