U-Pick Blueberry Harvest at Anderson’s Blues

June 26, 2014 · 3 comments

blueberries // Wayward Spark

Ahhh…It’s blueberry season again. I feel a little guilty, like I’m cheating on my beloved Radke’s Blueberries, but I was getting desperate for fresh fruit that the kids and I headed to Anderson’s Blues on Aboretum Road in North Corvallis. Anderson’s is a pretty huge U-pick place with many different varieties of berries from early to late, small to big. Yesterday, we worked on ‘Earliblue’ bushes that were positively loaded with fruit for super easy picking.

The thing that amazed and delighted me most about this foraging expedition was that my kids, ages 4 1/2 and 6 1/2, actually picked more berries into their buckets than into their mouths for the first time ever. I’ve been waiting for this day for a long, long time. I was talking to my mom yesterday, and we started rehashing all the U-pick trips we took together when my kids were little. We’d have to take turns doing stroller laps around the farms to keep crying babies appeased for just a little longer, and as they got a older, we’d pack bags full of toys and snacks to entertain them while we attempted to fill up our buckets. This new productive, non-whiney phase is such a welcome development. Between the two of them, they picked over five pounds in about an hour, and then they played nicely for another hour while I kept picking. We brought home about 25 pounds total, which should mostly tide us over until Radke’s opens in a couple weeks.

Even though my kids were being awesome, I had a moment of frustration when some random adult pickers failed to adhere to basic U-pick etiquette by deciding that the best place to start their harvest was five feet down the row from me when they had acres and acres of bushes to choose from. I guess some people are just never gonna get it. Otherwise, it was a great morning, so if you’re in the area, now’s the time. Happy picking!

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Molly June 26, 2014 at 1:59 pm

It will be a another 6 weeks before we get to raid the wonderful organic blueberry farm on our island and get lovely (cheap) berries. Two years ago I was picking 45 lbs of berries 3 weeks before my due date. Last year I was picking with an 11 month old who plunked herself underneath the bushes and picked directly into her mouth. Seems to me that we have a lot of lovely berry related memories in our family, lovely to hear yours!

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Kirsten June 27, 2014 at 11:06 am

My favorite blueberry picking (with children) story involves my son who is now sixteen. At 3o months we went picking together. I had no expectations if him being productive, but I didn’t anticipate how many berries he would pick right into his mouth. About an hour in, he came up to me, alarmed, and let me know he had to go poo, Now! He had already pulled his pants down, and was clearly struggling to hold it in. There was no hope of getting to the toilet in time, so I picked him up in a chair hold, and made a mad dash for the border. We just barely got out and to a little stand of trees before he had to let go, then I bagged up the mess. Good Times!

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Marisa July 10, 2014 at 2:35 pm

Those people who don’t understand the way to behave while in a u-pick field make me crazy! :)

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