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Pick Fresh Blueberries Straight From the Vine at Blueberry Hill
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Pick Fresh Blueberries Straight From the Vine at Blueberry Hill

While taking a walk through the woods, you may find a wild raspberry or blueberry bush with plump berries ready to be picked. What if I told you there was a place where you could pick your own organic blueberries at a local farm? At Blueberry Hill in Littleport of Clayton County owners Keith and Sandy Ashline supply containers for customers to pick their own blueberries after July 4th. Their spacious backyard is home to around 700 blueberry bushes covering half an acre of land. The blueberries are almost ready for picking, so be sure to give them a call for picking dates and times!

In the summer time, one of my favorite activities has always been going to farmers markets to buy fresh, healthy produce and support local farmers and artisans. So, when I heard about Blueberry Hill in Littleport, I had to check it out. I called the owners to ask for a date and time they had available, and set out to pick myself some fresh blueberries straight from the vine. They gave me a container to collect my juicy morsels, and lead me to their spacious backyard with many rows of blueberries ripe for the picking. Keith showed me around the yard, and pointed out the bushes that were sporting the most fruit for the day.

As I picked the fresh fruit from the vine, the sweet fragrance of the berries filled my senses, and made me think about all the different blueberry treats I would soon be making. I knew they’d be excellent in a jam; sweet, juicy and full of antioxidants. I always kept my great grandma’s jam recipe handy, just in case I had a sudden urge to make jam. I had picked enough of the delicious morsels to make more than enough jars of jam and some blueberry treats; I knew I could find an amazing blueberry pie recipe that they’d be perfect in. I’d probably even have enough to snack on in their true berry form!

I paid for my batch of blueberries and went back home to start making blueberry themed creations. It was an amazing experience to be able to go out onto someone’s blueberry patch and be able to pick my own blueberries straight from the vine. I got to choose my own product, and it was comforting to know I was getting a healthy, chemical-free product from a local producer. Blueberry Hill will be open for picking again soon, and I can’t wait to get this year’s batch of blueberries!

Written by Jayna Felder | Photo Credit to Pam Reinig

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