Blueberry season is one of my favorite times of year and the best indicator that summer is officially here! Not only do I love to eat them fresh off the blueberry bush, but I make some really great treats and snacks that offer a twist on basic blueberries.
Maryland has many blueberry farms that allow you to pick your own. Of course, we love it because it’s a great outdoor activity for the family, kids, or friends. I suggest you come ready to sample, pick all the berries and load up your bucket.
Mark your calendars! Blueberry season is late June through late July.
Tips to Blueberry picking:
- Check the website or call the farm before you go! (Always best to confirm the berries are ripe enough for picking)
- Pick firm, plump and smooth-skinned blueberries.
- Size doesn’t matter! It’s all about color. Look for a deep purple-blue colored berry.
- Find a row with the least amount of people in it, even if it is a bit farther from others. Blueberry farms tend to be large, so you will get more berries if you move away from the crowd.
- Dress in cool clothing and something you don’t care to get dirty—it can be really HOT!
Looking for some of my favorite farms in the area? Here are a few:
- Homestead Farm – 15604 Sugarland Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837
- Blueberry Gardens – 237 Ashton Road (route 108), Ashton, MD 20861
- Butler’s Orchard – 22222 Davis Mill Rd, Germantown, MD 20876
Once you’ve picked the berries now it’s time to make some summer treats!
BLUEBERRY BANANA SMOOTHIE – Ingredients: Bananas, blueberries, vanilla Greek yogurt, and milk.
Simply mix all ingredients together in a NutriBullet blender and tada! Tip: Looking to make it a little thicker? Freeze the yogurt and berries.
MIXED BERRY SMOOTHIE – Ingredients: Unsweetened almond milk, fresh berries, ice, and Greek yogurt.
Add berries, yogurt and milk to the blender, pulse a few times then add ice. Continue to blend until smooth
Samantha E is a creative consultant with a keen eye for detail. After growing up in Arkansas she ventured to North Carolina where she earned her bachelor’s in business administration from Bennett College for Women. Samantha then moved to the district to pursue her professional career and start the Samantha E brand and blog as a creative outlet along the way. Samantha E’s value lies in collaborating to create a breathtaking story. She has worked in retail and the personal styling world for brands like Banana Republic, Gap and Trunk Club. When not creating content over on Samantha E you’ll find her on IG at S.E.COLE, eating her way through different cities, exploring the outdoors and cooking yummy meals at home.