Blueberries, Blueberries, Blueberries!

Blueberry season is my favorite time of year… and it’s here!  Don’t get me wrong, I love strawberry season too, but it seems so short.  In New Hampshire, we are lucky to have a long blueberry season.  Between the low bush, high bush, and numerous cultivated varieties, we can pick from mid-July all the way into September.  In our adventures this summer, we’ve already had the treat of finding some wild ones while both hiking and kayaking (granted, the numbers have been small… but it was still early).  

I haven’t been out to do any considerable picking yet (I love to pick and freeze them so I can have local, hand-picked blueberries all year!), but I have been making note of the farms and locations that are announcing their opening dates.  So far, for the 2017 season, I know that Rosaly’s Garden in Peterborough, Monadnock Berries in Troy, Barrett Hill Farm in Mason, and Pitcher Mountain (wild, highbush) in Stoddard are already open for picking.  According to their website, Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole will start picking on July 22.

For more information about picking conditions, hours and prices, please call ahead or check the website or facebook for the individual locations:

Alyson’s Orchard, Walpole – 603-756-9800 – website or Facebook

Barrett Hill Farm, Mason – 603-878-2351 – website or Facebook

High Hopes Orchard, Westmoreland – 603-399-4305 – website

Monadnock Berries, Troy – 603-242-6417 – website or Facebook

Patten Hill Farm, Antrim – 603-588-2122 – Facebook

Pitcher Mountain, Stoddard – 603-446-3655

Rosaly’s Garden, Peterborough – 603-924-7774 – website or Facebook

And if you are looking for what to do with all those yummy blueberries you’ve picked, the US Highbush Blueberry Council has a nice website with great information and some interesting recipes to try. Enjoy!