It's blueberry season here in the Hunter Valley, time to enjoy these berries fresh.
Misty Valley Farm at Brunkerville in the lower Hunter lets you pick your own organic blueberries for a fraction of what you would pay at the shops.
My daughter and I picked three kilograms of delicious blueberries. Or to be more precise, I picked and she sneaked, with her hand making its way to her mouth more often than the bucket.
We devoured handfuls on the drive home and the remainder were destined for the freezer.
Blueberries are easy to freeze. I simply toss the berries into a container and put them in the freezer. If they are not organic, I wash them in water and spread them out on a tea towel to dry.
We'll enjoy the berries over the next few months in our porridge, on yoghurt, in smoothies, and as a simple frozen treat. Frozen blueberries are one of my favourite summer snacks.
Some families return to Misty Valley Farm every year to pick 20 kilograms of blueberries to create a freezer stash that will last the year.
These local home-frozen berries are far superior to the bags of frozen berries you'll find in the supermarket. Most, if not all of the berries you'll find in the supermarket, are imported from China and Chile. Not only do these berries come with high food miles, they may also carry high levels of mould, fungicides and other chemicals.
Misty Valley Farm is open to the public now, although be quick, as picking season is about to end. The farm is at 157 Leiberts Lane, Brunkerville, and open seven days a week. Call first (4938 0389) to check that picking hasn't ended.
Are you a fan of pick-your-own farms? Do you know of any other pick-your-own farms in the Hunter Region?
Tricia Hogbin writes at
littleecofootprints.com about learning to
live better with less. Twitter: @Triciaeco