Yesterday we went to Hazen’s Blueberry Farm in Howell with friends to pick blueberries. So, today I have a crazy number of blueberries to deal with.
Picking Blueberries at Hazen’s Blueberry Farm
We picked a great day for blueberry growing instead of a good picking day. The high yesterday afternoon while we were there was in the mid to upper 80s, compared to the 70s we’ve been experiencing. We took a water break part way through our picking.
I ended up picking 5.5 lbs with the assistance of my 3.5 yr old. She probably picked about 1/2 lb. Unfortunately, it was about nap time so with the heat she was ready to go in about an hour although we stayed for another 45 minutes.
Amenities at Hazen’s Blueberry Farm
Hazen’s Blueberry Farm is fairly basic, just the picking and a very small store with a few jams/jellies, jarred cookie mixes, and some recipe books. There are ample picnic benches in the shade if you want to have lunch before or after picking and there is a port-a-john.
They provided large buckets which they told us would hold about 13 lbs of blueberries. They also had smaller buckets for the kids (I think these were behind the counter, so ask for them). When you were done, they weighed the fruit and dumped it into a paper bag. You could also bring your own container to take the berries home.
Details for Hazen’s Blueberry Farm
We chose Hazen’s in part because of location and price ($1.32/lb for 2009). We thought of going to Erie Orchards, but that is quite a haul being down near the Ohio border. We also considered Toth which is in Grass Lake. With the construction on 94 (and them not answering their phone yesterday morning), we opted not to go there. Toth uses organic practices & Erie practices minimal chemical usage.
I am planning to go blueberry picking again next week at Dexter Blueberry Farm.
Since we are heading out of town, we will not eat many of them fresh. I canned blueberry jelly and made a blueberry coffee cake. They also freeze well (freeze before washing) for use in cereal and smoothies in the future.
Find Other Blueberry Farms
Hazen’s is not the only Ann Arbor area Blueberry Farm. Check out these other places to Pick Blueberries.