Blueberry picking is much better when I can bake!

Last year, we went to pick blueberries and we didn’t really have a good way to enjoy them except by simply eating them until they were gone. This year, we went to pick earlier – the email newsletter said the blueberries were ready – and so we showed up to get some.

Santa Barbara Blueberries

We didn’t know they didn’t open until 10 a.m. but you should have seen the line of cars waiting.

Line of cars waiting to pick blueberries

We got our buckets and joined the others picking away in the warm sunshine.

Blueberry pickers

Here’s my guy picking blueberries – it took us no time to fill up two buckets even as we ate some.

Picking blueberries

And this time, we had plenty of ideas for our blueberries (I just love our wedding rings in this picture):

Buckets of blueberries

We froze two quart bags of them for later. We took one quart to our neighbors who had dropped off a mole trap and some lemons earlier. Then, I made a blueberry apple crumble.

blueberry apple crumble

There’s no need to get complicated or heavy on the calories when it comes to dessert – especially when you’ve got fresh blueberries that could not possibly be sweeter. The only reason I added the apples was because I have so damn many of them in the bowl and I didn’t want them to go bad.

To make any kind of fruit crumble, put the washed fresh fruit – chop it in pieces if it’s bigger – into the bottom of a baking dish. Add a little melted butter. Then, mix some oatmeal and butter with some chopped nuts and spices – I usually use cinnamon. Then, bake it until the top is brown and crumbly. So delicious and it takes no time at all! Plus, you can make individual crumbles if you use ramekins so you can even put the unbaked ones in the frig or freezer to bake on later days – great if you have only a few people in the house.

Now, I have blueberries for muffins and another crumble … hmm, I may need more blueberries soon.

fourteenergirl Written by:

A mother, sister, wife, and daughter who writes, knits, hikes, and practices yoga on the west coast. Loves a zippy chardonnay or a tart margarita!


  1. Liz McDonald
    June 5, 2013

    Glad to see you are using natures bounty! I’ve done the same thing down here the past couple of years. Picked strawberries, too! I pick fast and the buckets fill before I know it. Got 23 lbs of blueberries and 15 lbs of strawberries. Your crumble recipe is about the same as mine! YUM!

  2. June 6, 2013

    I haven’t picked strawberries, but I can tell you I eat them like they’re never going to be here again. I love them. Cannot get enough strawberries. Supposedly we’ll also have apricot picking and blackberry picking here soon… will have to see how those come out too.

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