I had no idea blueberries had an opening in them at one end. This is the kind of thing you can learn when you get out and obtain your own food. Big Bear Farms in Plant City, Florida is not what I expected. No silo, no big red barn, just a lot of plants in large blue tubs. The blueberry bushes were not even planted in the ground! This was a bit upsetting to me at first. Even though Big Bear is a certified organic farm, it seemed a bit artificial to not even have the bushes in the ground, but maybe that is the only way to obtain organic certification in that area?
Once you obtain your bucket from the main office, you are entirely left to your own devices and no doubt the honor system for picking your blueberries. The farmer said you can eat some to test them out. I ate about 15 or so right off the bush. My picking method at first was very methodical and zen like. I searched carefully and without haste. I also had ten pounds of camera, lens and speedlight hanging off my neck in full on Florida afternoon heat, so such circumstances do not lend toward fast movement anyway!
The current rate for blueberries was $11 a pound. We took home $20 worth and they were all eaten right from the bag in just a couple of days. It was a very good experience. I liked spending time in the countryside harvesting, and the photography opportunities were pretty good too, from insect macros, to HDR landscapes to fruit macros.
Be sure and call ahead as blueberries are only available in certain seasons. The farm has other berries as well.
- Big Bear Farms -- 813-986-1152