Blogger Denise Sawyer: It's Earth Day!

on Monday, April 22, 2013.

Another one of our favorite things to do is visit a Georgia Blueberry farm.  Compared to other fruits, blueberries are quite easy to pick.  There aren’t any thorns or briars to deal with.  The fruit is easy to reach, no ladder required.  Even my very young children can help and love doing so.  I just tell them to look for the dark blue berries.  I show them the different colored berries - the green ones, the reddish pink ones, and finally the dark blue ones- and explain how the fruit changes colors as it ripens, and the only ones we want to eat are the sweet blue ones.  Even my four-year-old can understand and finds it fascinating to chatter about the colors that he is seeing.  

We have a blueberry farm just down the road from us that we like to visit.  The farm allows people to visit and pick their own berries using buckets that they provide. You just need to bring something to transfer the berries into when you are all finished and ready to take them home.  You pay by the bucket and they use an honor system. Each you-pick farm has its own rules and hours, so you’ll want to check with your local farm to find out how it works.  

We make a day of it.  I coat my husband and kids in sunscreen, grab my camera, a hat for everyone, a big ol’ water bottle, a picnic lunch, and off we go!  When the kids get tired of helping us pick, they have fun running around and playing hide and seek in the bushes.  We always have a great time and come home exhausted (and in need of a good shower!) and proud of the bounty we brought home.  

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