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Bucket List Check | 117. Pick blueberries and bake a pie

April 5, 2015

Part I : Picking the berries

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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!

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Once we arrived in the wooden barn of Proctor Family Farms, we were greeted by smiles and informative advice.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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These are the ingredients we used:

  • Sugar
  • A sliver of corn starch, salt, and cinnamon.
  • Pie crust mix (not that good yet to make it from scratch!)
  • Four cups of blueberries

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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.

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Once we poured the filling in the crust, we latticed the top and baked it for about 45 minutes, then voilà!

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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.

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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.


  1. I don’t like pie, but this post started me on the road to rethinking that stance. Well done.
    🙂
    Wish I could see the pictures in this post. I bet the colours of those berries are lovely.

    1. Oh my goodness, you must not have had a really delicious pie then! I would take pie over cake any day. I would love to have made you a piece of this pie. It is so delectable.

      The berries are so hard to describe. Just imagine lines of bushes, bright green bushes. With different shapes, sizes, and colors of berries hiding behind leaves, out in the open, or really close to the edge where you can pick them. The amazing ripe ones are quarter sized, dark blue, and gushing with sweetness. The smaller ones are more of a violet color…and the unripe ones are shades of lime green, soft pink turning into violet, light shades of purple…and so many more.

  2. What a beautiful post, and another one off your list. Blueberry season is another 4 months away in Canada (August), but sometimes we get Florida blueberries on our store shelves.
    There is nothing like fresh berries right off the bush, picked right at their prime though. Yum.
    That pie looks wonderful! 🙂
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂
    ~Carl~

    1. Thank you so much Carl! This comment made me happy. It always excites me to see the fruit from Florida making its way around the country, but I didn’t know it did all the way to Canada! That’s amazing. I can see why blueberry season would be four months away still, soooo cold!

      The pie TASTED wonderful, wish I could have sent a piece! Haha run all the way to the U.S. and you can be rewarded with pie 🙂

  3. You are absolutely darling! I love this Bucket List item. You are very creative! Beautiful day and a beautiful pie! I may have to borrow this for my Girl on the Go, aka Bucket List. 🙂 We have strawberry fields in the summer and I do love strawberry pie!

    1. Ah, thank you, haha! 🙂 Your kind words made me smile. You should definitely add one to your list! Something, it could be anything! Blueberries, apples, strawberries, yum! I want to do the same thing with apples but unfortunately we don’t have apple orchards in Florida. 🙁

      The pie was amazing, btw! It actually ended up the way it should! 🙂

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