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Blueberry Ranch

It is Blueberry time in my area, Monday I headed to the farm with my elderly father, he loves to pick, but I think this will be his last since his sight is gone. Between the two of us we did get about 20 pounds of blueberries. I froze most down, but left him enough to eat on his cereal. Today I went back and picked by myself, 1 1/2 hours to get eleven pounds. I love to bake year round so am planning on a couple more trips, that way I get different varieties. Next week the Tart Cherries I ordered will be in so I am more then half way in filling my freezer, just waiting on the Peaches.


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Luv,  This is the recipe I use alot for the free lunch friday at my Goshen Airport. It is a big hit.  1 cup sugar, 4 Tablespoons butter (softened), 2 eggs, 2 cups Flour, one teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 cup sour milk or buttermilk, (to sour sweet milk use 1 tablespoon white vineager), 1 teaspoon vanilla, 4 cups blueberries, Topping: 3/4 cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoons flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 3 Tablespoons butter, soft.  1/2 cup chopped pecans.

Cream sugar, butter, add eggs & mix.Blend flour, salt, baking powder. Mix soda with milk & vanilla. Add to mixture. Combine all of the dry to the batter, mix well. Stir in blueberries, Pour in a buttered or spray of non stick 9x13 pan. Blend topping well, sprinkle over batter, add the chopped pecans. Bake at 375 for 35 to 40 minutes,.Smile

You can use less blueberries if you want about 3 cups, and the chopped nuts of your liking.

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Joan P

Here in Central PA blueberries are out, and they are also coming in from NJ at the local farmers market.  I would love to find a farm nearby to pick my own. We have abundant Mennonite and Amish in the area, but how do I find out who is growing and selling U-Pick blueberries? No luck with the local directory or yellow pages, even online.

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Luv,    This might sound funny, but I get the varieties because that is what Dad likes, I do know each taste different some sweeters and bigger than others. They say the Jersery is a baking blueberry, they were smaller than the others when I picked them last year so I didn't pick them this year. My Dad likes the Spartan, and Bluecrop the best for eating fresh. I like them all, of course I eat them all baked in a pie and coffee cake, pan cakes, and anything baked.  yum

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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

Thanks!  It seems that the canned blueberry pie filling is made with those very small blueberries.  Regardless, I have enough frozen ones to last me awhile!  Yum!  Do you have any super-good recipes to share?

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Just finished putting up the last of my blueberries, I picked four different times to get all four varieties of blueberry, Spartan, Bluecrop, Duke, & Berkley. With my Dad's help we got about 55 pounds. I think today was Amish day. I had seen Amish everytime I had picked but today I would say they came out in droves. I think there was probably about 30 waiting in line with me to pay for the berries and more coming in on the wagon when I was leaving the berries are great this year nice and big. Well enough about blueberries..Tongue out

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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

I  love the blueberries, but I only get what come in the little pint packages at the grocery store.  They are nice and dark blue, plump, and sweet.  Just curious... what is the difference between the varieties you got, and what makes you want to get some of each kind?

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Blueberries are very common here in the East. We pick blueberries in August, although there are not as many as there once was. In the mountain areas of upstate NY, a long time ago, whole families picked blueberries to sell to the cities. This is also true of the New England states. It supplemented the income of many a farm family. When my mother was a little girl in Rhode Island, her aunt Tessie made a memorable blueberry cobbler that my mom never forgot. The kids picked the blueberries and then the Aunt baked the cobbler in the big wood burning stove. What a memory!!!!

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LaughingSorry about the confusion, but the farm is called Blueberry Ranch, I guess I should have left the Ranch part off.  Laughing  I think it is about 40 acres, they sell by the pound 1.50 if you pick. My bucket of about 11 plus pounds yielded about 16 pints, $17.78. There was a Mustang Ranch in Nevada and a Chicken Ranch in Texas, both have been shut down for years and they never sold Blueberries...Tongue out  Laughing

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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

 

I have to say, that when I first saw the title of this post, I thought it was a recipe for some sort of blueberry-ranch dressing!  LOL  I had to look and see, and everytime I see the title I think of the same thing.

Barb, you might want to talk to Hidden Valley and strike up a deal Wink.  I mean, there is Raspberry vinagrette, so why not Blueberry Ranch!!

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I'll let you be the first to try the new dressing and you can let us know how it tastesTongue out

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Maybe I'm just being a guy, but when I saw the title "blueberry ranch" I thought it might be something...um...unsavory for this site, isn't there a brothel called the Mustang ranch or something??  So I was much-relieved to read that it was about real blueberries.  Many Amish find this to be a very versatile berry and it is growing in popularity in "plain kitchens."

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"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift... that's why they call it the present."

I am not sure of any places here in the Midwest region I live in that has blueberries.  Oh, I am sure some people have planted a few bushes for their own use.  Mostly it is raspberries and blackberries that people pick/sell.  HOWEVER, I got a wonderful deal at Aldi for 99 cents a pint for blueberries, while they were $3/pint everywhere else!  I really stocked up and froze them for later use.  They are so sweet and good.

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Susan, I live in northern Indiana. The Blueberry ranch is one if not the largest U- Pick  in my area if not in the whole state. They offer five different varieties. People come from all over, I have seem Amish, Mennonite, and young Moms and the kids and grandmas and grandpa and some Dads. The owner has a wagon that takes you out to the berries and then back to the barn.

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What area do you live in that there are blueberries already? It seems wonderful to me to be able to pick so many blueberries. I was happy to read that your Dad got a chance to do some blueberry picking as well. Enjoy. Susan

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WOW 31 pounds of blueberries....that's a lot of berries YummyTongue out  Here it's the blackberries that we love to pick and freeze.  However with developments all around finding good patches to pick at are very limited.

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