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Jul 15, 2013
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Seize the Berries: Season for Blueberries Gets Underway in Connecticut

Seize the Berries: Season for Blueberries Gets Underway in Connecticut

A detail of a photo of blueberries on the Web site of Jones Family Farms.

Packed with nutrition and flavor, blueberries are the perfect snack for the dog days of summer. From mid-July to late August, Connecticut blueberries are in their prime for harvest—and thanks to a number of farms around the state, families can experience the fun of picking their very own berries.

Before you can make your blueberry pie, cobbler or jam—or embed blueberries into pancakes like so many sapphires—there are a few things to keep in mind. Picking blueberries can be a physically demanding activity, especially for younger children and senior citizens. Make sure to stay hydrated and wear sturdy closed-toe shoes (that means no heels, ladies.) Bring a brimmed hat and sunscreen for sunny days, and a snack other than the blueberries themselves, as they are high in fiber. Keep younger children supervised and leave pets at home, no matter how much they may love blueberries.

Most importantly, when selecting these delicious morsels, you want a berry that is completely blue with no red—they will not ripen once picked. Prime candidates will be firm and plump to the touch with no blemishes; be gentle to decrease bruising. In your refrigerator, they should keep for up to two weeks (though they surely won’t last that long). Last but not least, make sure to rinse your berries before eating them and pick up some vanilla ice cream for your cobbler.

Happy blueberry season picking. For a complete list of pick-your-own vendors across Connecticut, see PickYourOwn.org.

Below, find a group of farms selected by the staff of Connecticut Magazine:

Jones Family Farms

606 Walnut Tree Hill Road, Shelton 06484 (Fairfield County)

203-929-8425

www.jonesfamilyfarms.com

Open for Blueberry Season- July 9th

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9:00am-5:30pm, Closed Sundays and Mondays

Pricing: Cash and personal checks accepted, no credit cards, sold by the pound

Litchfield Hills Blueberry Farm LLC

23 Schrowback Road, Plymouth 06782 (Litchfield County)

860-283-9571

www.litchberry.com

Open for Blueberry Season- July 6th

Hours: Closed Mondays, Tuesday-Friday 8:00am-8:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 9:00am-4:00pm

Pricing: Pick your own and pre-picked by the pound

Horse Listeners Orchard

317 Bebbington Road, Ashford 06278 (Windham County)

860-429-5336

www.horselistenersorchard.com

Open for Blueberry Season: July 7th

Hours: Monday-Friday 1:00pm-5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm

Pricing: By the pound

Norton Brothers Fruit Farm LLC

466 Academy Road, Cheshire 06410 (New Haven County)

203-272-3227

www.nortonbrothersfruitfarm.com

Open for Blueberry Season: July 15th

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-6:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm

Pricing: Credit Cards accepted, by the pound

 

Seize the Berries: Season for Blueberries Gets Underway in Connecticut

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