Wicked Local Wednesday: Blueberry Picking

Each Wednesday, I’m going to bring you an American company that’s super-local to my area. Most likely, you’ll have something similar in your area too. To see the biggest impact on your economy, buying “wicked local” is one of the best ways to do it. When I do spotlight these places, I’ll try to focus in on ones that are super affordable-equal to or less than the general going price in our area. (But, I can’t make any promises)…

Ok, so you’d really like to buy local but don’t want to break the bank. Igetthat. The supermarket flyer offers enticing sales on things and it’s so convenient. Well, to follow up on my farm stand post, we’re going Blueberry Picking.

Blueberry picking, like going to the farmer’s market, is a great family adventure. We took the girls a few Sundays back to Crabtree’s in Sebago and had a blast. Our oldest loved running up and down the rows of blueberry bushes (and clearly more ended up in her mouth than her pail!). It’s going to be a repeat trip, I just know it.  I’d definitely reccomend going in early morning, or on a cooler day because the blueberry fields can get really hot. The sun was beating down on us! The little tin pails used to collect the berries are super cute and make satisfying ‘plink’ noises when you drop the berries in.

 

Now that I’ve told you everything you already know about why you should go pick blueberries, let me give you a more monetary motivation: savings. In more ways than one. Our local Bridgton Hannaford sells blueberries (in season prices) at 7.97 per pound, or 10.64 per pound if you want to go organic. It gets more expensive in the winter. Yikes! On the other hand, if you pick your own at Crabtree in Sebago, you get your berries at…wait for it…1.95 per pound.

 Let’s say that freezing blueberries for winter is something you’d like to do and you want two pounds to freeze (that’s enough to nicely fill a one gallon ziploc bag. Here’s how it’d break down:

  • Hannaford Regular: 15.94
  • Hannaford Organic: 21.28
  • Crabtree PYO: 3.90

In other words, you could buy about 4 pounds of blueberries you pick yourself versus one pound at the store (and that’s the non-organic price!)

Wanna tie in the lesson with your kids? Read these!

  1. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClosky
  2. Blueberry Mouse by Alice Low
  3. Blueberry Pie Elf by Jane Thayer
  4. Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman
  5. Jamberry by Bruce Degen

Blueberry season is ending soon, so head on up to Crabtree’s and pick some berries to freeze for winter so you can enjoy them all year long. They go great in pancakes, pies, smoothies, jams, and I have a delicious blueberry scone recipe compliments of Angie that I’ll share with you tomorrow!

http://www.crabcoll.com/blueberry/homepage.html

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