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Picked over 20 pounds of Michigan Blueberries this morning

Andrew Norton

Picking blueberries with your kids can be fun and challenging all at the same time. Our goal for today was 30 pounds of fresh-picked Michigan blueberries, but we fell short of that by just under 9 pounds. The picking was excellent out at Locke's Fruitful Acres near Decatur, Michigan and should last another three weeks or so according to the owner. I've been picking blueberries at this location since I was about my son's age (he's just under five) and it's neat to see how he goes about picking (and then subsequently eating) blueberries. I can remember eating more than I picked and hiding from both the sun and my mom underneath a canopy of blueberry bushes. Good times, and good memories.

Here's a bowl full of some of the fruits of our morning labor:

Looks tasty, doesn't it?

At Locke's Fruitful Acres it is $1.50 per pound for U-pick this year (2009). With two kids under five running around and "helping" we were able to pick over 20 pounds in just an hour and a half. Next time we'll leave the kiddos with grandma so we can reach our goal of 60 total pounds of blueberries for this year.