Friday, July 11, 2014

Blueberry Picking

My friends and I are always looking for wallet-friendly entertainment. I met up with my two friends from high school, Rachel & Kim, this past week. In addition to our spending limits ... we're not wild, crazy party people and we wanted a central location to meet up. Where I live is about an hour south of where Rachel lives. There's not too much entertainment wise in between.

Welcome to Indiana, right?

So, this week we decided to go blueberry picking in DeMotte, Ind., a nearby town. Partially because we had never gone, partially because we like blueberries and partially because we're always up for an adventure!

We chose Eenignburg's Berry Farm, and even though a few mosquitoes were a bit pesky - we had a great time! And perfect weather, sunny and 75ish :)

Check out their website or Facebook page for more info.

Rachel modeling her bucket!
The people at Eenignburg's have got a system down pat. 

You can bring your own containers, or use their handy buckets outfitted with ropes to tie around your waist. They'll weigh the container and then they lead you to a row of bushes and show you the most effective way to get the berries. Then, you're off! It took us about 45 minutes or so to get all the fruit we wanted. Then we returned to the stand, weighed our harvest and paid. They even included a few recipes with great tips for using the blueberries!

For about $20, we got a little more than 10 lbs. of blueberries to take home and share with our families.

I've got my berries home and washed them real quick. Some of them have been bagged and placed in the freezer ... handy to take out when you're CRAVING blueberry muffins in the winter. (Do other people get cravings like me?)

I've also made a double batch of blueberry muffins to share and am planning on making myself blueberry pancakes this weekend as well.

There's lots of tart, delicious berries in here!
I'm curious about what other cost-friendly activities you do with your friends? I think we're going to try hiking, going to the beach at Lake Michigan and maybe apple picking later this year.

Regardless of what we do, it's always great to meet up with old friends and catch up. Rachel is a teacher and Kim just finished pharmacy school and will be moving to Washington state in a few weeks. WOW! When did we grow up?

Look at us, all American and stuff! L to R - Rachel, Kim and Me

Until next time,