I am way (!!!!) behind on updating our summer list….so be on the lookout for several posts coming your way in the next several days!
Blueberry picking was on our summer list and, honestly, I wasn’t sure how we were going to accomplish that one. I had hoped that there would be a blueberry u-pick farm near Milwaukee so that we would be able to combine that with our yearly trip to visit Granny and Pa (post about that trip coming up soon)….but I learned something…..there are no u-pick farms anywhere near Milwaukee. (At least for blueberries.) And, there are no u-pick farms anywhere near Chicago (again…for blueberries.)
When I write that I was looking for something near those locations, I was looking for something within an hour. There are many spots that are 1 1/2 hours or 2 hours away.
So, we did something kind of crazy. The day after we returned from Wisconsin, we set off for a day trip to the Indiana/Michigan border!
Now, if you are in Harbor Country, you will be able to find many different u-pick options! Blueberry farms are everywhere! You will need to plan your trip accordingly, though.
Be sure to check up on the following items before you head out:
- Some farms accept only cash. Some are cash and credit.
- Bring sunscreen! You will be in the direct sun for at least an hour depending on how many blueberries you want to take home.
- Bring snacks. Some of the farms might also have a stand with other fruits, veggies, baked goods. Some may even have more options like sandwiches or other snacks. However, chances are good, you’ll only have blueberries surrounding you for awhile so be ready.
We went to Stateline Blueberries and had great success. We went home with over six pounds of blueberries!
Once you get your blueberries home, get ready to prepare them. I wash them lightly, then spread out over a towel so that they can dry. Carefully roll the blueberries around to catch any leaves or stems that are stuck to the blueberries.
Blueberries freeze incredibly well. I actually just poured the blueberries into gallon size freezer bags and stuck them in the freezer. You can take them out anytime and add to muffins, pancakes, or just to snack on! However, let them thaw before you add them to batters.
Our list thus far:
- Go to Disney World.
- Go bowling.
- Bake some treats.
See outdoor movies.
- Go to the museums.
- Go to LEGO Discovery Center.
Visit Brookfield Zoo. Go to Morton Arboretum to see the Lego sculptures.
- Visit the Art Institute.
- Eat ice cream.
- Play on the playground.
Go on a hike.
- Go to the library.
- Go to a festival.
- Have a slumber party.
- Have a pajama day.
- Watch movies at home.
- Visit Granny and Pa.
- Visit Mimi and Pa.
Have a beach day.
- Pick dandelions out of the yard.
- Go to the splash pads.
- Visit Chinatown.
- Play outside.
- Have tea at American Girl.
- Play in our house.