It’s blueberry pickin’ weather!

Written by Denise Sawyer on Monday, April 23, 2012.

I enjoy picking the ripe berries with my family alongside me, but if you’re short on time many growers offer berries already picked.  The only work you have to do is washing and eating them!

Don’t forget to pick (or buy) enough blueberries to freeze for later.  That’s what is great about local food, it isn’t around for too long (blueberry season is from mid-May until the end of July) but it is super-delicious when it is at its peak.  Most fruits and veggies are picked 4 to 7 days before traveling many miles to get to your supermarket - especially when produce comes from outside the United States.  When you buy local, it means your berries will be picked at the height of ripeness and will be as fresh as possible.  That’s why it is important to pick (or buy) enough for later when Georgia blueberry season is over.

Blueberries freeze well, and you’ll be able to enjoy these delicious berries year round.   Frozen berries can be made into smoothies, added to muffins, made into jelly, or my favorite – incorporated into pancake or waffle syrup.  Check your recipe, but often you don’t need to thaw the berries beforehand for recipes like these.

Want to know how to choose the ripest berries?  Check out these tips to learn more about what to look for and how to store your Sweet Georgia Blues.

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Denise Sawyer

Denise Sawyer, official food blogger for the Commission, has kicked off the blueberry season with a blog post on the Commission’s website about visiting local blueberry farms with her family.  To see her latest blog post, click here.  To check out her website, visit

Comments (1)

  • Nancy W.
    Nancy W.
    15 June 2012 at 09:13 |

    Great idea! I love blueberries. I remember a few years ago going to the Georgia Municipal Convention when Bobby was on the town council in Trion. The convention was in Savannah and they had a meal one night with low country food and the dessert was blueberry desserts and bowls of fresh Georgia blueberries. They were so yummy! Looking forward to more of your posts!

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