In our ongoing quest for sourcing local food, we have been visiting a blueberry u-pick down in Courtenay for the last couple of years. It is a family farm with excellent berries (they have raspberries as well, although our bushes produce enough that I don’t pick them there) as well as water buffalo and cattle. This year in fact they were selling ground beef from the cattle, and I picked up some packages. It was very good quality, so next year I will get more. The prices on their blueberries is the best around that I’ve seen, and the price on their ground beef was very reasonable.
Bushboy loves blueberries. He eats all fruit readily, but he really loves blueberries. So the challenge is to pick enough that they get frozen. But the challenge doesn’t end there. This year I only got down once and only got three large freezer bags into the freezer. We’re already onto the last one, as Bushboy loves nothing more than to snack on frozen berries. Next year the picking will have to be more intense and more frequent!
I love being able to support a healthy food craving and a local grower all at once. Do you have a local grower you get to every year?