LimeGuy goes Blueberry picking..

I have been blueberry picking here in South Jersey for at least 20 years. Not every year, but most years. I blogged last July about blueberry picking with DS3. We picked 33 lbs of blueberries is about 2 hours. This year we went back to the same farm and they were closed. I was stumped. I could have called them, but we are in the middle of the picking season, how could they be closed? The sign said that they were closed until July 9. Are they on a cruise or what?  I got on the internet on my phone and found another u-pick blueberry farm about 15 minutes away.

We drove to the alternate blueberry farm. It was on the same route that we travel each Monday night to play lacrosse. The farm has a few important signs for visitors. The first sign said that one adult could accompany two children. The farm is a working farm, not a playground.  Hmm, ok. The second sign told the pickers (us) that we could eat some berries while we picked but if we “grazed like a cow” we would be asked to leave. I did not notice any “cow catchers” while we were working in the fields.  In my time a cow catcher might be found on the front of a train to push the errant cows off the train tracks. Modern times I guess.

We climbed on the farm wagon which in the fall would take us pumpkin picking and sat down. We had our buckets that we tied around our waist and our big bucket to hold our treasures (picked blueberries in this instance). I looked around and was surprised to see that of the twenty or so people going blueberry picking, 15 or so of them were Japanese. I have been picking for 20 plus years and can’t say that I have ever seen a Japanese person, nor 15 of them, blueberry picking. Maybe they had a structured tour. The children had the pasty white skin that come from too much video game playing and not enough time outside.

The biggest disappointment of the day was that the berries at this farm were small. The berries were for the most part plentiful, but the size was lacking. Last year in two hours we picked 33 lbs. This year in two hours we picked 10 lbs.  And we worked for that 10 lbs. I will go back to last years farm when they re-open. Hopefully their berries this year will be as nice as last year. We gave some to DS3’s girlfriends family, froze most of them and left about a cup or so fresh to snack on.  The temperature in the field, easily 90 degrees.

Here are two pictures and a video from today’s adventure. I’m not really happy with the quality of the video. I’m not sure why the quality is like it is. Enjoy!



Blazing Saddles..

Was the answer to last night’s movie quote question. My brother in Oregon wins the prize. He gets to fly at his expense to New Jersey and pick blueberries in the hot summer sun. I promise to provide cold beer AFTER the berries are picked.  If he picks his share, I will even send him home with some. How generous is that?  The blueberry season is upon us here in New Jersey. The fields to the south and west of us (away from the ocean) have been producing local fruit for the grocery store and farmers markets for the last two weeks. The blueberries in our garden are holding their own, meaning that they are not yet ripe. I picked my first cucumber today. We will have it tomorrow night with dinner.

Dinner tonight was veal chops with a basil – mustard sauce. The recipe can be found here. The sauce turned out well. I doubled the recipe so we have leftovers to use with some other meal. Along with our veal chops we had sauteed zucchini, mashed potatoes and jumbo lump crab meat. The crab meat was served on a chilled plate as finger food. My DW was my assistant tonight. She kept the dirty things moving off the counter and into the dishwasher.

DS2 was working the afternoon into evening shift. The grocery store on LBI was full of vacation people today. He said he was quite busy. DS3 worked the 8 to 5 shift. He spent 5 hours in the pool room watching dogs play in the water. His shoes were damp when he came home. I put his nasty lacrosse gear out on the hot tub today to dry out. Tonight when he came home he took them all to the cellar to be run through the washing machine, twice.

DS1 went out with friends last night. He did not sleep here. He was rushing around the house at 7 am this morning before going off to work. He must have looked bad (he did when he got home) because his boss sent him home early. He had dinner and watched some tv until 7:30 when the MLL Lacrosse All-Star game came on the tv. We invaded his space to watch the game and he went to bed.

Tonight’s pictures have captions to tell the tale. Enjoy!