Blueberry Picking Status:
The 2022 Season is Closed
The Full Story
Picking blueberries at Minka Farm is a tradition that we all look forward to: a mini vacation in the peacefulness of our orchard with the added bonus of delicious blueberries to take home.
Blueberry picking season is generally June and July, but it can start anywhere from mid-May to late-June based on the weather of the winter, rainfall and other factors. As we get into early June, there's increased anticipation about picking berries before they are gone. And when berries just start to ripen, it would be disappointing to drive out and discover we've been picked out of ripe berries. So we try to ramp up to full-time picking.
Once berries are ripening, we check the status every day. We edit the quantity of available picking buckets in the store based on the bushes. Once we aren't keeping up with ripening, it's open season for PYO Blueberries. You can prepurchase your buckets, or just come to the farm, buy a bucket or two on site with cash, PayPal (@minkafarm) or Venmo (@minkafarm) and fill up!
If picking by the bucket isn't your thing, we offer picking by the pound on Saturdays during store hours, 10am-2pm. For picking by the pound, you can bring your own bucket or use ours. To keep our bucket is a small charge, but we have bags you can use to bring your berries home.
Finish reading then go check the store to see if there are buckets available!
Save & Enjoy
Freezing blueberries is the easiest way to store them long term. Pour the berries out in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Pick out the stems and other non-berry debris plus any berries that are not in good condition. Place the tray in the freezer, careful to balance it so it doesn't fall out when you open the door. Overnight is usually enough to freeze the berries. Put them in storage bags quickly and get them back in the freezer.
If you want to rinse your berries before freezing, be sure they are completely dry before placing them in the freezer (but we don't spray them with anything!)
Of course, eating them fresh, baking with them, making jellies or jams, and more are all awesome ways to enjoy these hi-fiber, tasty, nutrient-dense nuggets.
Send us your favorite blueberry recipe and we may add it to our online collection!