22 Jul Pick Your Own Blueberries in the Lakes Region!
At the height of summer in New Hampshire, blueberries of all varieties come into season. The wild, low-bush berries can be found in the woods and along the water’s edge throughout the Lakes Region, and many folks enjoy kayaking for blueberries. In addition, several varieties of domestic high-bush blueberries are grown at local farms, where visitors can pick their own or buy them by the pint. Either way, these sweet berries are not to be missed!
High in antioxidants and vitamins, blueberries are the perfect health food. Native Americans dried them for much needed nutrition during the long winter months. They were also used to heal various maladies such as morning sickness, headaches, and coughs. Today they are considered a superfood!
Blueberry harvesting season in the Lakes Region usually starts in mid-July and runs through Labor Day each year. Exactly when the berries will be ripe depends upon weather conditions, rainfall, and seasonal temperature averages. Many blueberry farms are open for picking now, but before heading out, be sure to call the farm and verify that the blueberries are indeed ripe and ready to pick.
Here are a few farms near this NH resort where you can pick your own blueberries:
Surowiec Farm – Sanbornton, NH – Surowiec Farm offers pick-your-own blueberries and apples. It has been in the Surowiec family since 1917, and was originally operated as a dairy farm. The first apple trees were planted in 1971, and the farm has continued to expand and diversify ever since. A spectacular view to the north and west provides an expansive backdrop to the orchard and farm stand. Be sure to bring your camera for a family photo against the brilliant scenery! http://www.surowiecfarm.com or 603 286-4069.
Stone Brook Hill Farm – Gilford, NH – Stone Brook Hill Farm offers fresh pick-your-own apples and blueberries. They also have hay wagon rides, mums, and maple products, and good old-fashioned fun! The farm is located off Route 11A in Gilford, near the Mount Major hiking trail and Gunstock Mountain Resort. https://www.stonebrookhillfarm.com or 603-293-4300.
Norland Berries Farm – formerly Locke’s Blueberry Farm – Barnstead, NH – Located off Route 28 between Locke Lake and Halfmoon Lake. Acres of wonderful high-bush blueberries! For more information, please visit the farm’s website at http://norlandberries.com or call 603-776-2021 or 781-710-6111.
Whether you’re looking for a fun family outing, or a solitary quiet afternoon, there’s nothing quite like picking your own berries. And then there are all the delicious treats you can make afterwards! For recipes and more blueberry farms throughout New Hampshire, please visit www.nhliving.com/blueberries/picking and get a taste of summer with this great activity!
For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at www.millfalls.com.
The Mill Falls Blogging Team
Image courtesy of Surowiec Farm