Blueberry season is here for northern Indiana and farmers across Michiana have fields full of berries ripe for the picking. The berries may be small, but they pack quite a nutritional punch — with dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C and manganese, which is good for bone development, according to the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council. At only 80 calories per cup, you shouldn’t feel too bad about cooking them as a crisp topped with vanilla ice cream or baking them into a pie.
Here is a list of where to pick blueberries — as well as blackberries and raspberries — during their peak season, July and August, in and around Elkhart County.
Blueberries and Blackberries
The Berry Patch: 8171 West 300 North, Etna Green
U-pick and ready-pick blueberries will be ready beginning around July 10. The patch is open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Blue Barn Berry Farm: 9139 N. 300 E., Syracuse
U-pick blueberries and blackberries sold at $2 per pound. Blueberries are ready early July and blackberries in late July. The farm has offered berries for three years but will expand to include a produce market and event building with a grand opening on July 11 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Visit the website for more information.
Beech Road Blueberry Farm: 67041 Beech Road, Wakarusa
This farm’s first bushes were planted in the 1950s. Since then, Beech Road has offered u-pick blueberries at $1.75 per pound. The farm provides buckets for picking; customers should bring take-home containers. Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday until mid-August.
Blueberry Ranch: 54743 Buckeye Road, Mishawaka
Grows USDA-certified organic blueberries. Opens the week of July 6; the last two weeks in July is peak season. Call the ranch before coming to pick at 574-255-5773.
Pickin’ Patch: 2811 US Highway 31, Plymouth, 574-784-2905
The Pickin’ Patch is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and some Saturdays depending on yield and weather. Offers blueberries, both u-pick and already picked. Call to confirm picking time.
More places to find blueberries
U-pick blueberries at 24576 Heaton Lake Road, Elkhart
Craig’s Blueberries, 7446 N 750 W., Etna Green
Fish Lake Organic Berry Patches, 62801 E. Co. Line Rd., Goshen, 574-642-3014
Briar Patch Farm: 1274 West County Line Road, Walkerton
Organic black raspberries grown with no synthetic chemicals for $5 a pint. The farm picks once a day and sells berries at a self-serve stand, open all day every day. The farm has been selling berries since 1998.
Neibert’s: 5017 Armstrong Road/ C.R. 500 N, Leesburg
Sells black raspberries from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday for $2.50 per pound. Offers both u-pick and ready-pick options.
Need ideas for what to do with all those berries? See Flavor 574’s Pinterest board of berry recipes.