if it’s july,

then we must be picking blueberries!  Last weekend we made our annual pilgrimage out to Cedar Grove Blueberry Farm north of Hillsborough.  I love taking the kids to this farm for many reasons (for instance, the berries are raised “naturally” or without chemical sprays), but what brings me back year after year is the sheer height and scope of the blueberry bushes.  In fact, the word “bush” does these plants an injustice.  They don’t resemble bushes as much as they do trees. Other places where I have picked blueberries have these tame little scraggly shrubs; the blueberry bushes at Cedar Grove are magnificent, the redwoods of the berry world.  The bushes easily top out at seven feet and frustratingly tantalize you with plump fruit just out of your reach.

So last Sunday, we all donned our hats, carefully picked out our buckets, and started picking.  Unlike last year when they just snacked straight off the bushes, the kids were amazingly into the berry picking this year.  The bottom of little w.’s bucket quickly disappeared and little e. prided herself on getting the berries off of the low-hanging branches.

Within an hour, we had picked 12 pounds of luscious berries which should keep us stocked up for smoothies and ice cream toppings at the very least for a month or two!



  1. love this place! i just visited and wrote a blog entry about it as well!

    • eluet said

      Isn’t it wonderful? The only thing I would change is for blueberry season to be in October so that it wouldn’t be so painfully hot picking them!

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