Every Summer for the last seven years our family has trekked off to East Texas in search of fresh blueberries for picking. We have found the best blueberries at Echo Springs Blueberry Farm in Brownsboro. Located between Athens and Tyler, it is about a 2 hour drive from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Here is a picture of the pickings from 2011:
The folks at Echo Springs recommended that we come back the following year in June when the berries are at their biggest and juiciest.
This year we took their advice and came in June. We arrived around 2 p.m. rather than early in the morning as I had hoped we would. I was on vacation, and so I was enjoying the rare day when I could just wake up whenever I wanted. Our late arrival actually was providential, because a torrential rainstorm hit the farm that morning. So when we arrived, the temperature was in the 70's and the clouds remained overhead for the whole time we were there. Occasionally raindrops fell on us, and our clothes also got wet from reaching in to pick berries off of the wet bushes. A cool breeze made it even more comfortable. I don't think we could have had better weather for picking blueberries.
Here is Augustine, busy picking berries. I have to say that it would be easier to get a picture of Sasquatch or the Yeti than to get some of my children to pose for a picture. So if you get to wondering where the other children are, trust me. All but Dominick(the oldest) were with us, and if they don't appear below it is because I could not get a good picture of them.
Jacinta not only looked at the camera; here she actually smiled for me.
I was very proud of the work the children did, and I look forward to a year full of muffins, pancakes, and whatever else can be complemented by the addition of blueberries.
By the way, this is almost what 70 pounds of blueberries look like. They were still packing them when I took this picture.