It’s blueberry picking season in Florida! 🙂
There’s no shortage of family-owned farms in the Central Florida region dedicated to bringing these lovely little blue gems to us every season. Also, the popular annual two-day Florida Blueberry Festival in nearby Brooksville just wrapped up this weekend. This is definitely on my to-do list next year!
You can choose to visit any number of area U-pick farms where you grab a bucket and go out into the field and pick blueberries to your heart’s content. Or, you can always just swing by and grab an already-picked couple of pounds (the price-per-pound is lower if *you* do the picking, and that’s part of the fun!)
This year, my farm of choice was Blue Bayou Farms in sleepy, rural Yalaha, FL tucked quietly away in beautiful Lake County.
Blue Bayou is a USDA-certified organic farm that also has an on-site country store and craft distillery.
If you’re ever out and about in Lake County, FL in April and / or May, I highly recommend stopping by this off-the-beaten path family farm. When I visited, they had beautiful, plump Emerald and Jewel varieties ripe and ready for picking.
You can take home American Distillery Institute “Silver Medal Award”-winning moonshine, as well as brandy, that you can taste-test before you buy it!
They offer several freshly baked delicacies ranging from scrumptious jumbo muffins to savory and flaky Tomato & Leek and Chicken Pot pies to sweet and juicy Blueberry and Dutch Apple pies. Of course, I had to try them all. 😉 (They have gluten-free options too!)
You can also grab a frothy milkshake (on the weekend) to perk up your sweet tooth or a coffee (as available) to give you a good jolt of caffeine for blueberry picking.
Don’t forget to pick up a handful of fresh vegetables, as well as some of their homemade jams, jellies, and pickles; local raw honey; raw milk; and local free range eggs. It’ll be some of the freshest food you’ll find anywhere. Delicious!
They also have a Farmhouse Kitchen that opens on the weekend to serve great sandwiches to fill you up as you pick your blueberries. Sign me up for that Beer Bratwurst sandwich! 😉
Take note of the sign on the wall about farmers – very true!
Now, what to do with all of these blueberries, eggs, and honey?
Here’s an idea!
I slightly adapted this recipe for Lemon Blueberry Scones from Cook Eat Paleo and just love it.
It’s super easy and, as a bonus, is Paleo, gluten-free, vegetarian, dairy-free, grain-free, and refined sugar-free. It checks all the boxes!