2024 Northeast Michigan Blueberry U-Pick Farms and Orchards - PickYourOwn.org
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Blueberry U-Pick Orchards in Northeast Michigan in 2024, by county
Below are the U-Pick orchards and farms for blueberries that we know of in this area. Not all areas of any state, nor even every state, have blueberries orchards that are open to the public. If you know of any others, please tell us using the add a farm form!
Remember to always check with the farm's own website or Facebook page before you go - or call or email them if they don't have a website or Facebook page. Conditions at the farms and crops can change literally overnight, so if you want to avoid a wasted trip out there - check with the farm directly before you go! If I cannot reach them, I DON'T GO!
PLEASE report closed farms, broken links and incorrect info using the "Report Corrections" form below.
Michigan Cranberry Farm - Blueberries 9972 Alpena State Road, Cheboygan, MI 49721. Phone: 231-625-2700. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Farm is open to the public only on specific days; call ahead to find out which days and dates! Directions: And for a map to our farm, click here. Directions: And for a map to our farm, . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . . Farm is open to the public only on specific days; call ahead to find out which days and dates! Crops are usually available in August. Harvested cranberries are available in mid October. They also have a tour of the cranberry operation. The tour consists of riding through the cranberry farm and seeing the various stages of harvesting and processing the berries. During the tour guests will be able to get off the bus for photographs and samples of cranberry products. Fresh cranberries will also be available for purchase in one, two, or five pound bags. Tours will depart from the bus garage behind the high school and will leave promptly at their scheduled departure time. Tickets are $5 per person and must be paid in advance. Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber office, or by mailing a check to the Chamber. For more information, please click here to visit the Michigan Cranberry Company Website or call the Chamber at (231) 627-7183.(UPDATED: May 10, 2015, JBS) (UPDATED: December 15, 2008) Comments from a visitor on August 04, 2008: "Off the beaten path, however, a great place to go and pick Northern Michigan berries." (ADDED: August 04, 2008)
Czaika's Blueberry Farm - Blueberries 838 Legget Road, Tawas City, MI 48763. Phone: 989-362-4638. Email: email@example.com. Open: Typically from the end of July or early August, from 8 am to 8 pm, During picking season, the answering machine is updated daily with latest picking information! . Click here for a map and directions. . . Port-a-potties on the site. is a U-PICK farm. The bushes are a mid-height variety which usually ripens in early August. You may either bring your own containers or borrow our buckets with plastic liners. (UPDATED: May 10, 2015, JBS) (UPDATED: March 10, 2013, from their website)
Up North Blueberry Farm - Uses natural growing practices, blueberries, U-pick and already picked 3964 Hallenius Road, Gaylord, MI 49735. Phone: 231-546-3032. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: See our facebook page for current hours. Directions: . Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, only. . We use natural practices, but are not seeking organic certification. (UPDATED: May 10, 2015, JBS) (ADDED: December 20, 2012)
Blueberry Picking Tips, Recipes and Information
Blueberries are one of the easiest fruit to prepare and serve.
There's no peeling, pitting, coring or cutting. They have few natural pests,
(other than birds), so pesticides are generally unnecessary! This year's crop is
related news story), thanks both to the weather and to
more farms planting more blueberry bushes due to increased consumer demand
over the past few years as more studies proclaim the anti-oxidant and other
health properties of blueberries.
Select plump, full blueberries with a light gray-blue color. A berry with any
hint of red isn't fully ripened.
Ripening AFTER picking?
First, it is key to know that once picked, blueberries will NOT become any sweeter, nor will the flavor improve. The only change that occurs
is the color. They will APPEAR to ripen, but it is only a color change, from white to green to rose to red to pale blue to fully blue. So, white and green colored blueberries will not
"ripen" after they are picked; while blueberries that have already turned purple,
red or blue-ish usually DO change color after they are picked (if they are kept at room
temperature to "ripen").
As the blueberries ripen ON THE BUSH, the flavor goes from tastless to bitter to tasteless tart to tart blueberry flavor to sweet blueberry flavor.
Grocery stores sell blueberries that are tart, not sweet because they had them picked unripe by machine so they are very firm and can handled being
bumped around in shipping. They may look good, but are not as tasty as those picked when actually ripe.
So, the key is, PICK ONLY RIPE BERRIES!
How to pick blueberries
Since blueberries hang on the bushes in bunches a but like
grapes do, the easiest and fastest way to pick them is hold your bucket under
them in one hand and with your other hand, cup a ripe bunch and gently rub them
with your fingers. The ripe berries will drop into your bucket, while the
unripe ones will remain attached to the bush.
When the bushes are at peak, I can easily pick 2 gallons per
hour (if I'm not being distracted by the kids and the sun isn't too hot!).
A newbie might do 1 gallon per hour.and at the beginning or end of the season it
takes more time as the berries are not as plentiful nor concentrated
Tips for storing blueberries after harvesting:
Once picked, don't place the berries, still warm from the sun, in a
closed bag or container. Leave the container open so moisture doesn't form
in the container.
Don't wash berries until just before using, to prevent berries from
Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. Store
your fresh blueberries in the refrigerator as soon as you get them home,
without washing them, in a covered bowl or storage container. If
refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
Freeze berries in freezer containers without washing to keep
the skins from toughening. Place berries one layer deep. Freeze,
then pour the frozen berries into freezer containers. Because unwashed
blueberries freeze individually, they can be easily poured from containers
in desired amounts. Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be
rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries
in cold water.
Blueberry Measurements and Conversions
Keep in mind that blueberries vary considerably in density and moisture
content, so these ranges are approximates.
1 gallon of blueberries weighs about 7.5 lbs or (4
liters of blueberries is about 3.5 kg)
1 pint of fresh blueberries weights about 3/4 of a pound. (1
liter of blueberries is about 700 grams)
1 pound of fresh blueberries is usually between about 2 and
If you have trouble with blueberries settling to the bottom of muffins and
blueberry breads, try one or more of these tips:
Coat them with flour before adding to the batter. Just gently shake the
blueberries in a bag (plastic or paper) with 1/2 cup of flour, then dump
them mix in a sieve to remove excess flour.
It may just be that your batter is too thin. try making the batter a
Fill the muffin cups or baking pan up to 1/4 full with batter (which
hasn't had blueberries added to it yet); then stir the blueberries into the
remaining batter, and continue to fill the muffin cups or bread pan. The
blueberries will start off higher in the mix!