I have always enjoyed visiting U-pick farms. I remember when I was just a pre-schooler. My mom, sister, aunt, and cousin visited a U-pick strawberry farm in Illinois. I ate strawberries until my belly was full, and got so muddy I had to ride home in the car without my shoes on! U-pick farms are a great way to get the family outside, enjoy fresh air, and come home with farm grown goodies. This spring the Starkey Blueberry Farm opened up, and it is just down the road from me. Less than a mile away! I couldn’t wait to pack up the kids and head over to collect some fresh blueberries.
The Starkey Blueberry Farm is located off of Starkey Blvd in Trinity, Florida. We got there about 10:30 on Saturday morning, checked in, and received our empty buckets to fill. The weather was warm and breezy, so it was enjoyable to be outside. Andy and Thomas wandered off to start filling their bucket, I had my own to fill, and Sean was working with Symphony and Joshua to fill his bucket. We worked for about a half an hour, and with our buckets 2/3 of the way full, decided we had plenty. Plus Symphony and Joshua had picked their fill and were ready to head home.
Andy and Thomas were no where to be found. Sean had seen them head off to another section, way in the back. I took Sean’s bucket of berries and mine, and said I would find the boys and meet them back at the house. After walking through rows and rows of blueberry bushes, I found Andy and Thomas happily filling up their bucket. Andy had found a section of huge, fat, blueberries, and he couldn’t resist. I started thinking that maybe we had too many blueberries. But then I realized that I had two teenage boys, outside in the sun, picking blueberries with their mom. A few extra berries were worth that in my eyes.
With all three buckets filled, the boys and I finally headed back to weigh them in and checkout. Um, we had 12 POUNDS of blueberries!! Well, we have some plans for those blueberries. Four pounds are in the dehydrator right now, blueberry cobbler is on the menu tonight, and we will be starting our day with blueberry pancakes tomorrow…
The blueberry season runs for about 6 weeks, and the people at Starkey Blueberry Farm said they should be open into May. You can check their website for their hours (currently Tues-Sat 7:30-7:30, Sun 11:00-5:00) and announcements about the blueberry season! Check out Starkey Blueberry Farm, or a U-pick farm in your area! It is a lot of fun!