We devour blueberries around here. My husband puts them in the kids’ oatmeal in the morning, and blueberry muffins and pancakes are big hits around here, not to mention berry-banana smoothies. Each year we buy about 30 pounds and freeze them to last us the entire year.
This year, we decided to buy organic blueberries. I was buying more and more organics last year and felt a twinge of regret when we bought our non-organic blueberries because I know blueberries, while great for you, are also tops on the dirty dozen list. This year, I decided to have a free conscience.
The nearest organic blueberry farm was two hours away, so we made it a family trip and packed in the car on the 4th of July. It was a beastly hot day, but when we got out in the country and caught a nice breeze, it felt much better. Because it was so hot, we hadn’t intended to pick our own, but the kids really wanted to, especially since the little ones weren’t allowed in the strawberry patch this year per the farmer’s instructions. I didn’t bring sunscreen, and my skin fries faster than a potato chip in oil, so we only picked about 2 pounds. Still, the kids loved it.
Afterward, we enjoyed a picnic lunch on the grounds of the blueberry farm.
I had planned on freezing the entire 50 pounds we bought, but my husband, the man who protested about canning earlier this year, asked me to make some jars of blueberry jam so the kids could spread it on their pancakes instead of syrup.
Canning blueberries was much easier than strawberries because we didn’t have to remove the hull, and everybody loved the results. We froze 30 pounds of blueberries and canned 20 pounds. We ended up with 13 jars of blueberry jam (and another one I kept in the refrigerator for everyone to enjoy right away).
Our total spent? $139. We paid $2.65 per pound, which easily trumps the price you can buy organic blueberries at grocery stores.
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