Peak Blueberry Season Arrives a Month Early

It’s time for blueberry picking! Find your baskets from last year, pack some water and a snack, and head over to Jones Family Farm in Shelton Tuesday through Saturday from 9-5:30 to do some picking with the family. Always call ahead to hear Farmer Jones’ field report before heading over. Call 203-929-8425 for complete picking details.

Freeze blueberries on a cookie sheet overnight and then place them in a container or plastic bag for storage in the freezer.
Freeze blueberries in a single layer on a cookie sheet overnight and then place them in a container or plastic bag for storage in the freezer.

What will you do with your blueberries? Make smoothies? Serve them with ice cream or yogurt? Freeze them for later use? Or make pies or jams? If you pick many more than you need, be sure to preserve them quickly to catch them at their peak. Click here to read “Preserving the Summer Harvest” and watch the Ch. 8 video.

If you pick at Jones Family Farm on a Friday afternoon, you can also catch their Friday Farmers’ Market held in the Harvest Kitchen courtyard of the Homestead Farm from 3:30pm-5:30pm through the end of August. This Friday will feature HONEY. Pop into their Harvest Kitchen cooking demonstrations and learn how to make Pizza with Honey, Ricotta Cheese, Blueberries, and Arugula. SPECIAL: Meet the author! Come meet local beekeeper C. Marina Marchese of Red Bee Honey to learn about bees and sample some of the finest honey in CT.  Her book, Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper, is a great summer read.

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