Berry Pickin’ in Indiana

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Every December, beyond the holidays and Winter Break, I get so excited about strawberry and tomato picking in South Florida. By late April, the weather is too hot, and the plants stop producing fruit. The great thing about traveling North is that I got to experience the beginning of berry picking season all over again — in Southwest Indiana! In fact, we even caught the first day of blueberry picking at Bryant’s Blueberries in New Salisbury, Indiana.

Bryant's blueberries

I put Bryce on my back in my Ergo, and Lydia helped me pick berries.

Lydia blueberries

This, however, did not stop Bryce from picking berries (and eating them, of course).

Bryce blueberries

I don’t know about the different varieties of berries, but these were the duke blueberries. They are supposed to be sweet with low acidity. They are the first to ripen at this farm.

blueberries growing

These blueberries were beautiful. We picked about 2 pounds.

blueberries

This was the sign on the way out.

blueberry sign

After a crazy drive through rural Indiana where my GPS led me to a dead end, our next stop was Joe Huber Family Farm & Restaurant. We ate some lunch and went strawberry picking.

joe huber farm

These strawberry plants were different than the plants in Florida. The leaves were larger and the strawberries were more hidden beneath them.

Lydia strawberries

strawberries

This particular farm had a large barnyard play area for the children with animals for them to see and activities to do.

huber barnyard

Stairs inside the barn led up to this huge slide. Anyone who knows me know I’m not a fan of tight spaces, but I wanted the kids to have fun, so I went down the slide with them. Bryce was on my lap, and he giggled the whole time!

barn slide

The kids were so excited about riding on the cow train!

cow train

The last stop on our berry picking adventure was Huber’s Orchard, Winery, and Vineyards. The Hubers are cousins who each started their own neighboring farms.

huber orchard

Huber orchard sign

My plan was to quickly pick up a gift and leave…but then I saw that they had raspberry picking!! AWESOME! I have never picked raspberries before. I didn’t even know what they looked like while growing. Did they grow on vines? bushes? small plants? trees? I was WAY excited about this!

picking raspberries

Bryce, of course, just ate the raspberries straight off the bush.

Bryce raspberries

No one else was there, so I let the kids run around together.

raspberry picking

running through the raspberries

We had to get one of these cheesy photos together, right?

fruit photo

The weather was beautiful, berries were delicious, and the kids had so much fun!We learned that there are lots of varieties of blueberries, the strawberry plants in Indiana are different than those in Florida, raspberries grow on bushes…and the reason the store-bought variety are hollow is because there’s a hard yellow portion in the center that is removed when picking (I never even thought about it before). These photos illustrate this.

raspberry

hollow raspberry

I froze most of the berries so that we can make some triple-berry jam when we return to South Florida. Should be delicious!!

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia {age 8} and Bryce {age 6}. Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.

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