Blueberries Ripe for Picking at Bauer Berry Farm
With strawberry season in the rear view mirror, blueberry season is in full swing.
Nancy Bauer, who runs Bauer Berry Farm in Champlin with her husband Bill, says the blueberry crop started a tad later than normal.
“I think we started on the 13th and we usually say the 10th for a target date. So not a whole lot later,” said Bauer. “[The berries] are ripening with the heat in two days. You couldn’t tell anyone had been through there. So it’s a very very abundant crop.”
The warm weather has caused an increase in the fruit fly population which could be a factor near the end of the season, but isn’t a problem now . Nancy says normally the blueberry season is three weeks and they’ll probably be going through the first few days of August.
Pickers like Brenda Gold have been picking their annual pints.
“I will probably make some muffins, maybe a pie,” said Gold. “A lot of them I just eat fresh or put some in the freezer for smoothies.”
Picking begins at 8 a.m. and goes until 11 a.m. or whenever the patch is picked. To find out if the patch is open on the day you want to come pick, the Bauers’ say call their number at 763-421-4383 the day before. They’ll have information on the availability of picking for the following day.