Local blueberries ready to pick in Michiana
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.