Thursday, June 16, 2011

Blueberry Picking & Pie

It's blueberry season here in Florida!

Lucky for us, Mark's Blueberry Farm is just three miles from our place.

Last week we took advantage of a picture-perfect morning ~ sunny, breezy and only about 80 degrees (cool for this time of the year!) and went blueberry picking.  It was awesome!

We grabbed buckets and headed into the fields where the lush green bushes were literally bursting with ba-zillions of plump, ripe blueberries.

(Wearing one of my latest Retro Revival apron creations)

We were encouraged to taste the berries, as documented here by our self portrait:

(We're goofballs ~ we've been snapping self portraits for over 20 years!)

We picked four pounds.  Not sure how many we tasted!

(Wearing a newly-stitched apron with embroidered strawberries, crocheted lace and green gingham)

When we got home I baked a blueberry pie.

I like any blueberry pie.  Blueberries from a can, blueberries from the grocery, it doesn't matter.  But nothing's better than a pie with fresh-from-the-farm blueberries!

Here's the super simple recipe if you'd like to give it a try:

3 cups blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Place 2 cups blueberries into pie crust

2. Crush remaining 1 cup blueberries

3. Add sugar, corn starch, lemon juice and cinnamon to crushed berries and gently mix with a spoon then pour mixture onto blueberries in the pie crust.

4. Add a pat of butter into pie
5. Place top crust onto pie, vent crust, brush with beaten egg, and sprinkle about a teaspoon of sugar on top
6. Bake in 425 degree oven for 20 minutes then reduce temp to 350 and continue baking for 20-25 minutes
7. Enjoy!

Please don't be frigthened by my ugly crust (gawd, I need to learn how to make a better looking crust!).  The pie is delicious!

I had the last piece for breakfast this morning.  Yeah, I'm bad.  But it was sooooo good!

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Jingle said...

You are too cute! That pie looks great! I am actually a big fan of wild blueberries - the little ones! We used to pick them when I was little in the woods here in New England. Blueberry picking always makes me think of the book Blueberries for's a favorite of mine!

Retro Farm Wife said...

That is so cute how you dressed to go pick blueberries! I love your latest apron! The pie sounded and looked so yum!


Sizzle and Zoom said...

My hubby loves bluberries. This will be a fun thing to do for him. Your pie looks delicious!

Julie Harward said...

Looks like a really fun day to me and the pie looks wonderful and I know how goof it must have been, wish I could have had a piece! By the way, you look so cute! ;D

donna said...

Your blueberry pie looks delicous. I tried to plant blue berry bushes and they died. But I am not going to give up. We are thinking of planting them again. We just have to figure out the right time.

Anonymous said...

I have never made a blueberry pie.....but apple, ricotta cheese pie, pumpkin, butter tart pie....pear pie too....yes I love making I just might give this one a try!

Ciao Bella!
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Anonymous said...

You just can't tell a pie by its 'cover'.

I don't know how they do it at Bakerys and such but my Blueberry pies look just like yours and taste delicious. They always explode blueberries!

Save me a piece of the next one!

I can't seem to post using Gmail anymore - I get stuck in a loop :( trying Anonymous but I'm not anonymous - I'm Tracy! :)

Anonymous said...

This is gettinghooked, Teresa... I too have been getting caught in the "loop" and cannot post comments using my gmail anymore... hope this gets fixed soon.
Love the yummy pie! Thanks for sharing the recipe!! We love picking blue berries too
PS... Love Retro Rita :-)

Paula Parrish said...

Hello Cindy,
Looks like you and Captain Project had a wonderful time picking blueberries straight from the farm. I love your new apron with embroidered strawberries. Is it available on your website? I would love to take a closer look. Have a wonderful weekend.
Smiles, Paula

Killiecrankie Farm said...

Yummo - how the season flies !
We are just finishing our frozen blueberries from the Summer, how quick they disappear.
You are looking oretty smart for blueberry picking - what style !

Becky said...

Love your new apron and Blueberry Self Portrait! Can't believe you didn't save me any pie........

Donna said...

Love your aprons! The blueberries look yummy :) We have blueberries that are nearly ready to pick in our backyard.
The recipe sounds yummy!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

mmmmmm......we LOVE Blueberries! When my daughter was between 9mo. and 2 she ate blueberries ALL of the time - we had to have them on hand at all times :) No blueberries here in Ohio to pick...lots of yummy strawberries though (so that strawberry apron would be the perfect thing to wear while picking those!) We do, however have three Juneberry trees in our back yard, and they are silmilar to bluberries....kind of - so we may try your blueberrie pie recipe with those :) Got any Juneberry aprons - ha!