Blueberry picking has finished for the season.
Early season July 12 - July 30
Fruit size is medium to large with average quality. Upright growing plants have good winter hardiness and ornamental appeal.
Mid Season July 25 - August 25
The fruit is large, medium- to light blue, flavorful, and resistant to cracking
The fruits are large, light blue, firm, and resistant to cracking. Their dessert quality is good.
These produce medium-large fruit but inconsistent yield. Bush is vigorous with spreading growth habit and attractive as an ornamental landscape plant.
The plants are vigorous and hardy, producing heavy crops of large, light-blue berries of good quality
Late Season August 15 - nets removed
A good dessert quality, but quite tart until fully ripe. It is a very large berry, deep blue, firm, and resistant to cracking.
Did you know?
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Featured Recipe: Blueberry Cream Pie
4 Ounces Cream Cheese, at room temperature
4 Cups Fresh Blueberries
1/2 C Confectioners' Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 C Whipping Cream
10" Pie Shell, Baked
3/4 C water
1 C Granulated Sugar
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
3 Tbs Cornstarch
1 Tbs Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
Cream together softened cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, and vanilla. Whip cream and fold into cream cheese mixture. Spread into pie shell. Refrigerate.
Bring to a boil 1 cup blueberries and water in a small saucepan. Simmer for 4 minutes, stirring constantly. Add butter and stir. MIx together granulated sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, and salt and add to hot blueberry mixture. Cook on low heat, stirring constantly until thick and clear. Remove from heat and add lemon juice.
Pour remaining blueberries over chilled cream cheese mixture in pie shell. Pour and spread hot blueberry mixture over fresh berries. Refrigerate and serve.
To prevent your berries from sticking together and getting crushed when you freeze them, try laying the berries out in a single layer on a large baking sheet after washing them and then flash freezing them on the pan (a couple hours should do it - just long enough for the berries to feel a little more solid). Once the berries have frozen, transfer them to a regular freezer bag and return to the freezer. Now your berries will keep their shape and stay separated for the whole winter!