I picked blueberries with Bonnie for a few hours this morning. I met Bonnie in April through the Facebook group “You grew up in Warren, PA if …”. Bonnie wanted to make a photograph I had shared in the group her Facebook cover photo and didn’t know how. Bonnie lives a couple miles from my house. I drove to her house and showed her how to make my photograph her Facebook cover photo. We have communicated on Facebook ever since. Today was the first time we have done something together.
We picked blueberries in a field along Fox Hill Road in Russell. The blueberry bushes are located about 2 miles up Fox Hill Road, on the left hand side.
Bob and I picked blueberries in this same field in August 2009. At that time the price of blueberries was $1.25/quart. The price didn’t increase much at all in the past 6 years.
Payment is on the honor system, with a locked box provided for dropping in the amount of money for the number of quarts picked.
Mike, who owns the blueberry bushes, was there this morning, and I talked briefly with him. Mike has owned the blueberry bushes since 1982. He said the bushes were a lot smaller then. In the photograph displayed above, you see only a small fraction of the blueberry bushes. If I remember correctly, Mike says he purchased a lot size of 15 acres.
There were plenty of plump, ripe blueberries available for picking. As you can see from the photograph displayed above, there are many more berries still to ripen. I picked 4 quarts; Bonnie picked 5 quarts. I froze all 4 quarts of my berries.