Blueberry Picking in Waycross, GA
One of the bazillion summer traditions my family has is going to our friends’ house in Waycross to pick blueberries. These are the most delicious blueberries I’ve ever eaten. We end up eating about half as many as we pick while we’re out there.
This was Pablo’s first time to join us. He caught on quickly! Since Pablo knows how much of a wuss I am about bugs, he would throw blueberries at me to make me think they were bees. Even though my dad also does this every year, I still squirmed every time they hit me. (Who doesn’t hate bees, people!?!)
If you’ve never picked blueberries before, here are a few tips:
- It’s hot. Wear some sunscreen and a big hat to keep yourself from getting sunburned. Keep some water on hand, too, to prevent dehydration.
- Bring little baskets and big baskets. Pick blueberries in the little baskets and dump them in the big baskets. Leave the big baskets in your car – they’ll get heavy!
- Drink water. Often. Did I mention that it’s hot? Blueberry season is in the heat of the summer. Make sure you give yourself frequent opportunities to rehydrate.
- Wear bug spray. There are lots of mosquitoes and bees around blueberry bushes! (Can you blame them?)
- Pick early. The earlier you pick, the cooler the weather will be.
- Freeze some of your pickings. My mom lays blueberries out in a single layer on cookie sheets, then transfers the frozen berries to baggies.
The folks whose property we picked the blueberries on told us their grapes would be in season in a few weeks. We might be heading back up to Waycross for some more fresh fruit!