Part I : Picking the berries
There are a few things that I adore about the small town I grew up in. One of the small joys is driving by a herd of cows grazing in the pasture and by fields of delicious ripening food. Plant City, Florida is known for its strawberries but there are other produce that is harvested such as blueberries, peaches, and the obvious oranges. We found a blueberry U-Pick farm that just opened for the spring season. It worked out perfectly just in time for an adventure this weekend and a rather inexpensive adventure at that!
Once we arrived in the wooden barn of Proctor Family Farms, we were greeted by smiles and informative advice.
We were then handed a blue bucket and sent on our way through rows of berry-filled bushes. The sun was shining bright in the sky and that made finding the biggest, darkest berries easy.
We filled our bucket to the half-way line because it was our estimated three-pound line. Once we reached the barn again, we were informed we only reached a little under two pounds. We still had more berries to gather for the pie we plan on making! We were pointed to the very first row by a kind gentleman who told us he saw some big ones and quite a few there. He was right! We hit the blueberry jackpot. I actually think we filled up within ten minutes at that point. The berries were so big and perfectly ripe.
We saw many complete clusters of violet berries ready for consumption. Truthfully, I walked up and down the aisle eating the prettiest berries I found. They said I could so why wouldn’t I? They were delicious and so sweet.
All of the berries– the small ones, the unripe ones, the stragglers in the dirt– they were all so beautiful. It became a game for us to find the biggest and darkest berry among the branches. Quite frankly my love found more of the bigger berries.
All the berries were gorgeous though. The mixture of dark blue, violet, purple, pink, and lime green colors spread out an aurora borealis in the bushes of the farm.
Part II : Baking the Pie
Okay so I’ve always been more partial to pie than cake. I can eat any pie but like maybe one or two types of cake. And no, chocolate is not one of them. I’ve had a hankering to making my own homemade pie. I decided to combine this delicious dessert dream and a bucket list adventure. I found a simple recipe online here on All Recipes. It just so happened to work out making the pie on Easter.
These are the ingredients we used:
- A sliver of corn starch, salt, and cinnamon.
- Pie crust mix (not that good yet to make it from scratch!)
- Four cups of blueberries
We basically followed the recipe directions to a T, minus the butter instructions. We forgot.
We mixed our ingredients, added our freshly picked blueberries (it doesn’t get fresher than that!), and then made our pie crust separately.
Once we poured the filling in the crust, we latticed the top and baked it for about 45 minutes, then voilà!
The pie actually turned out smelling, looking, and tasting amazing! We have yet to have a piece but I definitely stuck my finger in for a quality test. YUM.
We had quite a nice size of blueberries leftover as extra! We thought we measured it perfectly but I’m glad we had excess. It afforded me the opportunity to let the kids I’m babysitting try them and even the baby loved them! The best part was learning that my Chihuahuas love blueberries. To see them eagerly shake their butts and tails while eating three blueberries at a time was exciting. We don’t feed them people food but fruits are good for them. It delighted me.