Blueberries are definitely one of my most favourite fruits of all time. And with Mijune, posting so many blog posts about blueberries, I couldn't help but crave for them once blueberry picking began! In my previous post here, I shared how this is one of those things why I love summer! To be honest, C wasn't totally up for the picking part. Eating blueberries, yes. Picking, nah... Eventually, after much coaxing, he accompanied me while picking the plumpest blueberries I could find at the Emma Lea Farms in Ladner.
Emma Lea Farms is actually located on Westham Island. I didn't actually think there was anything in that island!! Plus, with this old rickety wooden bridge... who knows what lies ahead?
Beautiful greenery was on both sides of the road. The entire island was pretty much agricultural, and with the sun shining so bright that day, I could almost sing out aloud... "The fields [hills] are alive... with the sound of music!"
Not far from the bridge on the right hand side is Emma Lea Farms, a quaint little farm with lots of friendly people. We went on a Tuesday, so there wasn't a lot of people! Perfect. There were lots of little kids with their mom, quietly picking berries.
It was still early, but I couldn't resist having ice cream and blueberries. I had heard good things about it, and I mean - how could you go wrong with that? But to be honest, I was a little disappointed. I thought it would be something like... homemade blueberry ice cream, and that it would be bluish-purple, just like most blueberry yogurt would be. It was only scoops of vanilla ice cream with blueberries on top. Still, I can't complain! The blueberries were really sweet and fresh!
Now, here we are off to the picking field! Since we didn't bring our own buckets (bring your own!) they were nice enough to give us two free buckets, but it was just because it was our first time.
The blueberry fields were very well kept, and we thought that there was still plenty of blueberries left! A few weeks have passed already since this post, but you should still take a look, or look forward to the next season for blueberry picking!
Blueberries, of all fruits, are one of those easy to pick, I must say! You don't have to climb any trees, wrestle with any branches, get pricked by thorns... just look for the biggest ones and gently pluck them from the bunches! Definitely nothing to stress about. I, for one, found it really relaxing and for sun-shiers, bring a hat and sunglasses. That way, you won't get affected by the heat or the sun glaring at you. I must recommend to go on a weekday when you can, that way the fields aren't too busy.
40 minutes later, C and I came out with two buckets filled with big, sweet blueberries perfect for snacking and muffins. YAY!