May in the Sunshine State means it's the beginning of BLUEBERRY SEASON!!
We had the day off, so we headed out of the city, up to Lake County to find a blueberry farm. The one where we expected to stop was closed on Tuesdays, so we kept driving, through the town of Howey-In-The-Hills and the Census Designated Places (too small to be towns) of Astatula and Yalaha.
We found a farm stand at a blueberry and raspberry farm and picked out a pound and a half to bring home.
Sorority Girl looked in my baskets and commented on the size of the berries. I put the baskets at the register, along with zucchini and cucumbers. As he was ringing up the produce, the grower and I chatted about how they deal with birds in the fields (fireworks and falcons). It would cost $40,000 to buy enough nets to cover all the rows of bushes. I'm guessing they are a fairly new farm because the bushes are only about 2 feet tall.
I asked how the lack of rain was affecting the size of the crop. Then he apologized for the small size of the blueberries. My eyes nearly popped out of the sockets because..... LOOK!
Blueberries the size of my eyeballs!
(Is this picture blurry or are my new glasses too strong?)
I'll be making some blueberry muffins and throwing these babies in my yogurt.
Next time, I'll tell you about the famous German Bakery next door to the blueberry farm.