Blueberry Picking at the Beach
Looking for an activity the whole family can enjoy this summer? Pick-your-own farming is the answer. We visited a pick-your-own orchard this past weekend while on vacation in Delaware. The blueberries were at their prime and in a few weeks, the peaches will make their appearance.
The good thing about blueberry picking is the bushes are only about 4-5 feet tall and the berries grow all over, providing easy access for people of all heights.
Blueberries — the “lure of the shore” — are native to Delmarva (Delaware-Maryland-Virginia) and peak by mid-July. The pink ones need another week or so but the plump and juicy blue ones are ready to pick and devour.
If you’re visiting Bethany Beach, Rehoboth or Ocean City, Bennett Orchards is a short drive away in Frankford, DE. There are also several pick-your-own fruit and vegetable farms back home in Virginia.
We ended our visit with about 7 pounds of berries — two buckets full.
Some were eaten fresh from the bucket, some have been frozen and some have been enjoyed in at least two berry cobblers so far.
If you have a favorite pick-your-own farm, let us know in the comments!