Today was a splendid day for blueberry picking with fellow food bloggers. @lovenconfection was able to rally the troops on this gorgeous day. We couldn’t have asked for better weather.
We were given a VIFB tour. (Very Important Food Blogger)
@mysweetzepol @susan3022 myself and others were treated like royalty thanks to Dustin, our tour guide for the day. We got to do a tour before it was open to the public. Dustin is the man in charge and the man with all the knowledge when it comes to blueberries.
Dustin was able to break down the difference between the Jewel blueberry and the Emerald blueberry. Being new to the game I didn’t realize there was a difference. But I did learn one important lesson along with @xobejm. We haven’t been fans of blueberries because we have never had them from “Farm to Family”, The Lake Catherine motto.
We learned that the Jewel’s are tart and the Emerald’s were sweet. @Xobejm @tarajroth and I loved them both. We were given the opportunity to pick blueberries and try some along the way. I kept on saying throughout the day that I would never eat another blueberry the same way again. I have such an appreciation for it now.
The view is spectacular and on this day it was so peaceful. LCB had about 80 professional pickers today. They start early morning but must wait for the dew to dry on the berries before they start picking. This can delay start times. Sometimes between 9:00am to 11:00am.
The picking went very smooth. Not at all what I expected it to be. Thought it would be tiresome and it ended being so much fun for all of us. @tarajroth and @xobejm have already made plans to return with some friends and family.
Dustin was able to show us around the area and I was amazed with how many acres they had. But the part I loved the most was hearing the family stories. Dustin’s son DJ is fifth generation farmer. The whole family is involved in the business. Their business cards says it all “Family Owned and Operated”. Those words always bring me joy.
We were so inspired by the event that @tarajroth came home and made for the first time a blueberry sauce. And she is making blueberry muffins as we speak. Blueberry season starts April 20 here at LCB and ends about Memorial Day depending on the weather.
LCB was kind enough to offer us pints to fill up and bring some home with us. They have an array of products that they make and sell. Honey, syrup, cobblers, etc. We had the privilege of tasting some of the jams they make and they were amazing. Their products can be found in various Farmers Markets. Be sure to follow LCB on Facebook: Lake Catherine Blueberries
Jamie and Dustin, Thank you so much for your hospitality and warmness when we arrived. We had a great time meeting the family. We shall be back again to pay you a visit.
Lake Catherine Blueberries
5849 Lake Catherine Road
Groveland, FL 34736
Facebook: Lake Catherine Blueberries