It's blueberry season here in Florida and we took advantage of that by visiting a local blueberry farm and picking blueberries. It was our first time going and was another summer activity we checked off on our Summer Bucket List this year. The farm we visited was Dowless Blueberry Farm in Jacksonville, Florida. It was a lovely farm with three fields of blueberries to pick.
Blueberry Farm Adventures at Dowless Blueberry FarmWe arrived at the farm early Saturday morning at 8 am to pick blueberries. They informed us that if we got there too late in the morning (10 or 11 am), there might not be much more blueberries to pick. The farm provided everything we needed including small buckets that you could put around your neck and waist with a bungee cord for hands-free holding.
Watch our short video of our blueberry-picking experience:
You can watch our full video we made while there on Facebook.
We ended up with about 3 1/2 pounds of blueberries. We would've picked more but the kids were getting hot and hungry. The blueberries were $3 per pound and the owners even provided us several delicious blueberry recipes.
The first recipe we made were blueberry pancakes since we didn't get a chance to have breakfast yet. We did make a blueberry sauce to drizzle on top, which was one of the recipes they included. The blueberries were delicious!
Blueberry Pancake Recipe:
For breakfast that day, we were in a hurry to eat (nom nom nom)...so we just used some pre-made pancake mix we had and added in some fresh blueberries.
Ingredients and Directions:
2 cups pancake batter plus 1 cup washed and drained fresh blueberries. Proceed as recipe directs.
We also made some blueberry sauce. I didn't look up a recipe for it at the time; I just winged it. I just put in 1/2 cup sugar with a little bit of water in a saucepan with 1 1/2 cup blueberries. I boiled it all for about 5-10 minutes.
Here is the recipe for the syrup the farm gave us:
- 3 cups of fresh blueberries
- 2/3 cup light corn syrup
- dash of salt
- Put all ingredients in blender.
- Cover and run on "liquid" setting until smooth. Pour into a saucepan and boil, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes.
- Serve warm over pancakes.
The next day we made blueberry muffins using the recipe given to us by the farm. They were so cute and small since we made mini muffins. We also used some blueberries with strawberry yogurt and granola for breakfast that day.
Bluberry Muffin Recipe
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- Beat egg with fork and stir in milk and oil.
- Mix dry ingredients. Stir together just until flour is moistened.
- Batter will be lumpy.
- Carefully stir in blueberries.
- Bake in greased muffin cups 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees.
Yield: 12 muffins.
We can't wait to make more delicious recipes using our fresh-picked blueberries. Try adding blueberries to this simple homemade Banana Ice Cream Recipe.
What are some of your favorite ways to eat blueberries? Share with us a tasty recipe in the comments or leave us a link/recipe on Facebook or Twitter!
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