During vacation we took a day and headed down to Spicer's Orchard to pick blueberries! It turned out to be a wonderful day. It wasn't too hot and there was a nice cool breeze blowing. An overcast sky helped a lot with the lack of heat. Made for the perfect day to go blueberry picking!
Once you get to the orchard, there's a petting zoo type of area that consists of barns and fenced in areas for goats and chickens. There's also a playground inside of all that for the kids. They can play on old tractors and ride down tube slides. They can play inside a small barn filled with dried corn kernels.
So I told you there were goats there, right? Well around the goat barn, there was a ramp that the goats like to climb up to. If you follow it around to the side of the barn, you'll see that it extends over the roof and that there is a pulley that's attached to a feeder. You insert your 25 cents, pull the cord and the goat gets his food. The goat here in this picture could see we were messing with the feeder and started up to get him nom-noms.
But the dang pulley for the food wouldn't work. Mom and I tried but nothing happened. Just as we had given up, we look up and see the goat looking over the edge at us like we were a bunch of idiots and clearly upset he wasn't getting his food.
Can you almost hear him saying, 'What's the hold up down there?"
It's a farm, so yup! Gotta have some chickens....
Right before you go into the children petting zoo area, there this:
Kinda handy if someone robs the blueberry farm. We'd want to know the size of the perps.
Before we could go pick some blueberries, you had to wait for the tractor to come around and load you up. Apparently the blueberry bushes were WAY in the back of the orchard.
Jason LOVED picking the blueberries. We had to tear him away from them! Of course, I think he liked eating them before they made it into the bucket.
My Dad, the blueberry picking FOOL! It was his idea in the first place to take a trip this way. That man sure loves his blueberries!
In the end, we ended up with 3 buckets worth of blueberries and a half bucket of raspberries. What to do with all those blueberries?
Bake a pie of course!
My first ever blueberry pie. The presentation was much prettier before being cooked and the blueberry juices bubbling over. But that just added to the DELICIOUS taste of this pie! YUM!
And because it's me, here's the recipe for the pie that I used. I've made some adjustments and included them in there. Bon Appétit!
* 3/4 cup white sugar
* 6 tablespoons cornstarch
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 6 cups fresh blueberries
* 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
* 1 tablespoon butter
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
2. Mix sugar, cornstarch, salt, and cinnamon, and sprinkle over blueberries.
3. Line pie dish with one pie crust. Pour berry mixture into the crust, and dot with butter. Cut remaining pastry into 1/2 - 3/4 inch wide strips, and make lattice top. Crimp and flute edges.
4. Bake pie on lower shelf of oven for about 50 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.
Cook's note: This pie is best served after it's had a chance to 'set up' after a few hours. Ideally, it's best the day after. So if you're not in such a hurry to eat it (unlike us, lol) then give it this chance for the juices to absorb. If not, you have a slightly runny pie but it's still oh so yummy!