Have you ever visited a “U Pick”? Here in Upstate NY we are lucky-there are lots of “U-Pick” places. Raspberries. Strawberries. Blueberries. Apples. Pumpkins.
Not all at the same time of course! It’s a great, inexpensive way to buy your fruit–and pick your own is a fun outing for you and the kids! Just last week I took Princess and Buddy and headed off to a “U-Pick” Blueberry place just 10 minutes away.
You start out at any Upick by heading to the cash register and having your empty bucket weighed. Usually they mark the weight on a piece of tape or right on the bucket with a marker so you don’t wind up paying for the weight of the bucket-just of the berries.
We picked for about 45 minutes. The kiddos did a pretty good job filling their buckets about half full before they got bored and started chasing each other through the bushes and entertaining the lady running the cash register.
When we were all done we brought the buckets to the register and she weighed them and did some figuring.
The end result? We easily picked 10 lbs of blueberries for $12 in about 45 minutes. I got plenty of berries to freeze, dehydrate and turn into jam, saved a TON of money and the kiddos eve had a fun time.
This year we missed strawberry season (I heard it wasn’t too great anyway). We will be able to hit the fall raspberries–raspberries are my absolute favorite fruit ever and I refuse to buy them in the store because they are insanely expensive. I might even go apple picking this year if the local orchards were able to save any of their blooms this spring. All my regular apple haunts have NO apples on them due to spring frosts.
To find Upick places near you you can try PickYourOwn.org, your phone book (yes, they still have those), Google or even just asking your friends.