Sunday, July 11, 2010

life list #48: go berry picking

#48 off The Life List.  Check!

I've been wanting to pick fruit at a local farm for several years now - and today was the day.  We decided on Butlers Orchard in Germantown, Maryland because their website indicated that the blueberry picking was good - and that was an understatement - there were fields and fields of blueberry bushes all dripping with fruit.

They have a great farm market full of produce, baked goods, and something that we tried for the first time - honey straws.
Market at Butlers Orchard
There's a snack stand where you wait for the shuttle to take you to the picking fields - so we had a lunch of grilled hot dogs and frozen lemonade.
Snack Bar at Butlers Orchard
One of the best parts - being towed by a tractor to the blueberry fields:
Being Towed by a Tractor into the Picking Fields
I think Larry expected the whole experience to consist of boring manual labor under the hot July sun, but we actually both had a lot of fun.  Larry was a champion berry picker - he picked almost twice as many as I did.  Perhaps he missed his calling as a farmer?
Blueberry Picking
Blueberry Picking
Blueberry Picking
Big bear in the blueberry bushes:
Blueberry Picking
Blueberry Picking
Strawberry Van at Butlers Orchard
Our bounty:
7 Pounds of Blueberries
We picked over seven pounds of berries. It was fun. I can't wait to start baking...but first, time for a nap!

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