Aren’t we lucky around here to have yummy U-pick berries just outside of town?
I went to Dexter Blueberry Farm ( http://dexterblueberry.com/ ) a couple weeks ago and enjoyed picking from the tallest, most loaded bushes I’d seen in years. Blueberries freeze up great–assuming you don’t eat them all first. Blues should still be on the bushes through mid-September, although hurry for peak season. Call first(734-426-2900) or check their website before heading out west on Island Lake Road and following the signs to 11024 Beach. Price for 2010: $1.60 a pound.
Raspberries can be picked at several locations, but I have a soft spot for Makielski Berry Farm a few miles south of Ann Arbor on Platt Road (it’s an Ypsi address at 7130 Platt; phone is 734-994-8620; web is http://www.makielskiberryfarm.com). They have acre upon acre of red and amber raspberries, literally falling off the bushes. Be sure not to pick any overripe berries with gray mold on them–they have a yucky flavor and don’t last. Raspberries freeze well too. I like to pinch the frozen ones over mid-winter fruit salad for a taste of summer. This year’s crop should last through November 1, I’m hearing. Price for 2010: $3.50 a quart.