Monday, July 2, 2012

Let the Blueberry Picking Begin!

Big Bend Berries (458 Big Bend Rd. off Garden Valley, 541-673-8767) is now open for u-picking!  They have tons of beautiful Patriot berries just waiting for you.  I dashed out there this morning and picked for about 45 minutes.  I'll head back tomorrow evening with the family.

Big Bend is open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 8:00 am to noon and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 pm until 8:30 pm.  They WILL be open this Wednesday on the 4th of July until noon.  

Berries are $1.20/lb and they are not sprayed with anything--no fungicide, no insecticide.  Bring your own containers.  I always use the "bucket-on-a-belt" method for hands-free picking.

Be sure to pick up a copy of the new pamphlet put out by the Oregon Blueberry Commission when you weigh and pay.  There's a recipe for for Blueberry Chicken Salad Wraps that sounds delicious.  More luscious looking recipes on their website.

For a primer of blueberry picking, storing and freezing, check out my previous post here.


Diana said...

I just discovered your great blog, Jennifer. Thanks! I heard about it from Big Bend Berries' co-owner Sharon. My husband and I have picked there for several years and it's the best. Most of the food we eat is organic, but we can't afford organic blueberries (even u-pick), so this is the next best thing. The price is right, the setting is lovely, Sharon and Ed are friendly and very helpful, and the blueberries are stupendous. We eat them fresh for a couple of weeks and freeze the rest for year-round deliciousness!

Gloria Johnson said...

I live for your posts Jennifer. One thing I would that your readers really read every detail so they don't go out to Big Bend on a Tuesday morning when they are not open until evening. Some of us are slow learners. Thanks for all your valuable info.

Kristi said...

So last summer of 2014 the Lookingglass Elementary school sold Organic berries they grew at the school for a fundraiser. They sold them at the Lookingglass Farmers Market held on Fridays from 3-6pm. They charged $25 a flat and they were sweet and delicious. This year Im buying 2 flats to last longer...

Jennifer--flavorsoftheumpqua said...

Good to know. Thanks!