Tuesday, July 10, 2012

#Blueberry Picking - Summer 2012

My son and I spent the morning at two great places on Independence Day. The first stop I'll share on this post, which was our visit to the Temecula Berry Co.  The second stop I will share my own experience at one of "Temecula's hidden treasures." My friend posted her article to my blog that published on July 4th on this treasure: Buena Loma Gardens

The weather could not be any better! I think it was in the low 80s. That's pretty unheard of in this area at this time of the year. 

I have to admit I hadn't been to the farm this season at all until I realized that their season was ending within a few days. Blueberry season is short - early May through early July. The Temecula Berry Co. family is lovely and they do a lot of community events at their farm like movie night on Friday evenings and reading books to small children in the mornings twice a week.

In an unfortunate accident right before the start of their blueberry season, Farmer Mike lost his wife in a tragic tractor accident. It brought a lot of grief but the local community really reached out to them in their time of need. They felt the love and support of their neighbors. When my son and I decided to go to the farm on July 4th we had learned that one of their good friends had just lost his wife. All the proceeds of the day's sales would benefit this family. I love the way people open their hearts and help one another - that's the definition of a true community.

Since this was our first time visiting the farm this season, we saw that they had added a chicken coop and even had more areas with shade to sit in and retreat from the sun. Farmer Mike's dad, Ray, puts on a show at 3p daily for the kids to learn more about the hens. They lay a lot of eggs but they do not sell them to the public. Perhaps this will be something they will do next year?! 

My son and I had a blast picking the blueberries and since it was the end of the season, they weren't hard to find! There was an abundance of blueberries. We ended up with a pint and a half. The pints sell for $5 each. My son ate the 1/2 pint within 10 minutes of leaving the farm. 

I plan to make blueberry pancakes with the fresh berries.  

Here are some images from our visit: 

The one lane road getting in (or leaving). Very steep!

Turns into two lanes. See the farm down below? 

Yummy blueberries!

My son picking berries for us to enjoy later. 

The chicken coop is in the red barn behind my son.

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