Blueberries are very popular in my house. My picky eating toddlers pop them into their mouths at almost every meal. I serve them straight from the package, in pancakes, in muffins, and my most favorite blueberry granita. This past weekend, Chris and I took the girls to Norton Brothers Fruit Farm in Cheshire, CT to pick our own blueberries. It was the first time that any of us had been blueberry picking. We didn’t know what to expect, but ended up having a great time.
On our way to the blueberry bushes we passed apple trees with tiny growing apples. While we were on the farm we heard one of the owners saying the best time to pick apples is early September, specifically for Honey Crisp apples. This was great to know since we usually come in October and the trees are almost bare.
The blueberry bushes were arranged in long rows. Only the first two rows were open for picking. The rest were covered with nets until they are ready to be picked.
I’ve been looking for ways to keep my girls busy this summer and blueberry picking is a great activity for toddlers. The bushes are at their eye level and the berries are easy to pull off.
I’m pretty sure more berries went into their mouths than in the bucket, but I can’t complain when I have two occupied toddlers.
Jules and Livie had a great time searching for the perfect blueberry on the bush…
and on the ground too!
When we finished collecting blueberries, we headed back to the Norton Brothers Farm Market.
Inside they had a large selection of locally grown produce, spices, maple syrup, frozen deserts, jams and jelly.
We picked up some local blueberry honey (who knew they made that?) and a few cold drinks (ice cold Foxon Park soda!) before paying for our blueberries.
Before we left, one of the owners told us that peach picking is coming up in the next few weeks. I think we’ll be planning a return visit to sample their perfectly ripe summer peaches.