- Bring lots of sunscreen, hats, liquids to drink, and snacks for the little ones.
- Wear old clothes and comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting dirty.
- Bring containers to collect berries-salad bowls or spinners, tupperware, cooking pots, cardboard berry flats, or other containers.
- If you have a container with a handle, consider bringing a belt or a rope to loop the handle through, it makes it much easier to pick when you have two hands!
- If you can, come early in the morning before it gets hot, and while the berries are fully hydrated.
- Look for the clusters of berries that a deep blue in color. Ripe berries will fall easily into your hand upon touch.
- Avoid berries with a red-pink color, they are not ripe yet. Taste as you go, pick what you like.
- Often the best berry clusters are hidden deep inside the bush. Pick up a branch and you may be surprised by what you find!
- Don't overfull containers, as the berries as the bottom may get squished.
- Keep full containers in the shade while you continue to pick.
- Sort through berries to remove unripe or overripe berries and other unwanted material.
- Refrigerate berries as soon as possible. They will remain fresh for 2-3 weeks.
- To freeze, spread out on a pan and pick out stems, flower petals, and unripe berries. Handle them as little as possible so the natural waxy coating remains intact. Since we use organic practices, you can put berries in a freezer container or plastic bag without washing. The frozen water can prematurely soften the fruit.
- Check out our recipes page for some great ideas on how to enjoy your blueberries!