Family Tradition: Blueberry Picking

When I was a little girl, I looked forward to picking blueberries every July. My mom and I would get up early and go out, filling up a bucket or two along the way. I’d always come home with a tummy ache from eating way too many. When we got home, we’d wash them and freeze them for eating throughout the year.

Well, I hope to continue this tradition with Little K. And we’re starting early.

Last week, my mom, 3-year-old nephew (we’ll call him Little O) and Little K and I picked blueberries in the sweltering heat at the place where I grew up pickin’ – Hazen’s Farm in Howell, Mich. The berries were looking pretty good.

Little K watched as we went up and down the aisles looking for the fattest and bluest berries hidden in the bushes.

Little O kept sneaking the berries before we could rinse them with water. I caught him and got a goofy grin.

But, he was such a good helper and grandma was proud.

We didn’t last long in the heat, but we did get 6 pounds of berries, and most importantly, started a fun tradition I hope we continue for years to come.

Does your family have a summer tradition? Please share in the comments!

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  1. says

    That’s a lovely family tradition, picking blueberries.
    One of ours is having a light party – inviting neighbours and friends, letting off fireworks, BBQing and enjoying good company while the kids all paly together

  2. says

    How fun! I have one small blueberry bush growing in my garden and it has produced zero blueberries for us so far. Exciting I know. πŸ˜‰

    Our summer tradition is to go out on the boat.

  3. says

    So fun! We go to Hazen’s too. We haven’t been since we had kids but I’d love to take them. Charlie’s sister is a maniac when it comes to picking them there. She usually gets 3-4 grocery bags full and we used to entertain her kids while she picked. When we got home to wash them before freezing, we had this huge assembly line going. I’m not a blueberry fan at all but there’s something about frozen MI blueberries. Glad you guys had a fun day. I’m sure this will be a fun tradition for little K!

  4. says

    Cute picture! When I was a little girl, my mom, grandmother and aunt would drag me to the peach orchard. Can you say “itchy???”! Not my favorite tradition, but one that I always remember when summertime rolls around.

  5. says

    Great photos and great new family tradition. Good luck trying to remember to keep doing it! I don’t think I really have a family tradition yet, bt it would be nice to have one. =)

  6. alita says

    Looks fun! (and yummy, too) We pick strawberries at Spicers (in Hartland) in June. Always a good time!