BLUEBERRY SEASON BEGINS IN MID JULY!
Blueberry Hours: *Weather & Conditions Permitting
1-5 pounds: $5.00/ pound
5-10 pounds: $4.25/ pound
Over 10 pounds: $3.50/ pound
We encourage people to bring their own buckets, bowls or whatever they are comfortable picking in.
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At Greg's U-Pick you will find:
- 3 varieties on 8 acres of well maintained, irrigated fields.
- Our blueberry fields are all "netted." This allows for easy picking and protects the berries from bird damage.
- Please bring containers that you are comfortable picking in.
- Buckets are available to borrow if you'd like.
- Already picked blueberries available.
We do not have any late bearing varieties, so our harvest season may be comparatively shorter than other growers. We pick blueberries here from about mid July to mid August. We therefore encourage you to come out early in the Blueberry season. Our first 3 weeks are our best! We pick blueberries by the pound, so bring your own bucket, bowls, or whatever you are comfortable picking in!
Hope to see you in the Berry Patch!
How to Freeze Blueberries:
-Use fresh blueberries that are completely dry when you pop them in the freezer. Don’t worry about rinsing the berries before you freeze them; simply place them, still in their original containers, in re-sealable plastic bags and store them on your freezer shelf.
-If you prefer to rinse the blueberries first, dry them well with paper towels, then transfer them to freezer containers or resealable plastic bags for freezing. The blueberries will freeze individually so you can remove just the portion you need.
-If you didn’t wash your blueberries before freezing them, rinse them just before use.
- For best results, toss your home-frozen blueberries into oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, shakes or sauces within 10 months.
Health Benefits of Blueberries
Antioxidants - Researchers at the USDA Human Nutrition Center (HNRCA) have found that blueberries rank #1 in antioxidant activity when compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help neutralize harmful by-products of metabolism called "free radicals" that can lead to cancer and other age related diseases.
Anthocyanin -- the pigment that makes the blueberries blue -- is thought to be responsible for this major health benefit.
Anti-Aging - In another USDA Human Nutrition Center (HNRCA) lab, neuroscientists discovered that feeding blueberries to laboratory rats slowed age-related loss in their mental capacity, a finding that has important implications for humans. Again, the high antioxidant activity of blueberries probably played a role.
Disease Prevention - Blueberries may reduce the buildup of so called "bad" cholesterol that contributes to cardiovascular disease and stroke, according to scientists at the University of California at Davis. Antioxidants are believed to be the active component.
Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections - Researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey have identified a compound in blueberries that promotes urinary tract health and reduces the risk of infection. It appears to work by preventing bacteria from adhering to the cells that line the walls of the urinary tract.
Blueberries and Eyesight - A number of studies in Europe have documented the relationship between bilberries, the European cousin of blueberries and improved eyesight. This is thought to occur because of the anthocyanin in the blue pigment which is also available in the blueberry. One study in Japan documented that blueberries helped ease eye fatigue.
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Referenced: U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council