Fact: Blueberries are one of “three fruits native to North America,” according to the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. The others are cranberries and Concord grapes.
Fact: Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants and micronutrients including vitamin C and K, and minerals like manganese. They’re cholesterol and fat free and a whole cup has only about 84 calories.
Fact: The grayish-looking “dust” you see on blueberries is a harmless natural protectant, but if you want organic, it’s a good idea to ask growers if they use pesticides.
Fact: Freshly picked blueberries will last up to two weeks in the refrigerator covered and stored in rigid containers to prevent crushing.
Fact: You can incorporate blueberries into just about any dish, including salads and dressings, desserts, cold soups, and, of course, eating them out of hand.
Fact: Cattaraugus County has tons of blueberry farms that offer pick-your-own blueberries.
Fact: The town of Humphrey is holding its annual Blueberry Day on Sunday, August 16 at the Humphrey Fire Hall. The event offers an all-you-can-eat pancakes breakfast, games, contests, raffles, a dessert competition, a blueberry bake sale and much more. The fun begins at 8 a.m. The dessert contest judging begins at noon.
Fact: The U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council has tons more information about blueberries, including fun activities for kids, healthy living tips and blueberry preparation advice. Visit www.blueberrycouncil.org.
So what are you waiting for? Go alone or make it a family occasion — it’s a great way to spend time with the kids. And bring your own storage containers for transport home, as most farms don’t provide them. Just be sure to go before the first frost when the season is officially over.
Blueberry Hill Farm & Greenhouse, 10016 Allegany Rd., South Dayton (716) 532-2920
Blueberry Meadows, 1414 Rowe Ave., Westons Mills, NY, (716) 373-2865
Burdick Blueberries, 8267 Thompson Rd., Cattaraugus, NY, (716) 257-9760
Canticle Farm Market, 3809 Old State Road (Route 417), Allegany (716) 373-0200 x3358
Camp’s Blueberries, 67 Larkin St., Randolph (716) 358-6422
Childs Blueberries, 3172 Cooper Hill Rd., Hinsdale (716) 557-2334
Crisafulli Blueberries, Maple Ave., Allegany
Pepper’s Blueberry Hill Farm, 3290 Bear Creek Rd., Franklinville (716) 307-0903
Tan Childs Farm, 4755 Five Mile Road, Hinsdale (716) 557-2189