Old-Fashioned Fun: Summer Blueberry Picking

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We had a wonderful adventure this weekend! Located just 30 minutes northeast of Dallas in Rockwall, Blase Family Farm is a pick-your-own blueberry farm where you can forget about city life for awhile. From the end of May through the beginning of July, your family can reserve a time to come pick berries for one hour, and that’s just what we did. Blase Family Farm grows their berries without the use of any pesticides, herbicides or insecticides, and the boys loved getting a closeup look at the different colors and sizes of the berries at different stages … plus their cool grasshopper, spider and other critter friends.

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The bushes are just a short, shaded walk from the entrance, where you purchase your buckets. When you’re done collecting berries, you turn them in at the front to be weighed and purchased at $4.50 per pint. We took a breather at a picnic table nearby and enjoyed homemade blueberry popsicles that were divine.

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The Blase Family Farm recommends this site for information on storing, canning and cooking your berries, but I had another recipe in mind. Years ago, I had seen this Lemon Blueberry Yogurt Loaf recipe on The Humbled Homemaker. I couldn’t wait any longer, so the boys and I went straight to the kitchen.

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After I washed the berries in my great-grandmother’s beautiful colander (that’s probably giving me lead poisoning), the boys and I whipped up a loaf of this delectable bread. The original recipe came from Margaret Anne of Natural Chow and can be served as a breakfast or dessert bread. We chose dessert because we’re impatient.

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The final result was delicious, and the boys were so proud that we had used the berries they had picked themselves. I think we’ve found a new Riney family summer tradition.

Some “Berry” Good Links (sorry):

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1. My love for Southern Chef Vivian Howard is intense, and I’m dying to try her Blueberry BBQ Sauce. She recommends it sopped on smoked chicken. Yum!

2. I recently discovered our local pie shop, Humble Pie, is offering curbside (I’ve got some bad news, jeans … ), and I can’t wait to get my hands on this lemon chess beauty.

3. Finally, if you’re more of a crumble than a loaf fan, try Shauna Niequist’s Blueberry Crisp. Her storytelling in the book, Bread & Wine, makes you want to run to the kitchen and share with the ones you love. See more from her here.