Everything You Need to Know for Successful Blueberry Picking

While visiting my parents back home, we decided to spend our Saturday morning going blueberry picking. This was a first for most of us, and something we have talked about doing for quite some time. We visited a local U-pick farm in Hemlock, MI called Backwoods Blueberries. The overall experience was incredible! The five of us picked several pounds of blueberries. Our morning was filled with laughter and full bellies and now I’ve got everything you need to know for successful blueberry picking!

Check out the video below about our visit with some tips for planning your own blueberry picking adventure!

Check Season Dates & Hours

There is a very small window for families to enjoy the summertime tradition of blueberry picking. When looking for a U-pick blueberry farm, make sure to check the dates and times of operation before heading out for your adventure.

Beat The Heat & Crowds

Just like any trip, arriving early is key. Not only will you beat the crowds, but during the summer months, you will beat the heat and blazing sun as well. Wearing a hat and sunscreen is also a must while spending some time picking your own delicious blueberries.

Bring a Produce Bag or Bucket

Most blueberry farms have buckets or bags available to use. Some are free, but others have a small fee associated with them. I recommend bringing your own if you can. It was so easy to transport our blueberries home because they were already in our own containers.

Take Your Time & Be Patient

Blueberry picking is something that could take a lot of time out of your day if you really want it to. The best part – you don’t have to be in a hurry. Take your time finding the ripest berries, enjoy the weather, and quality time with your family.

For those who are looking for something a little quicker – make a game out of who can pick the most blueberries the fastest. That can speed up your berry collecting time and keep the littles busy.

Get the Whole Family Involved

Grandparents to children can enjoy the serene and joyful activity of blueberry picking. It was an incredible experience watching multiple generations take part in the same activity.


Eating blueberries right off the vine is extremely gratifying and delicious, so enjoy! After you pick the blueberries, the best part is making treats out of the ‘fruits of your labor’. We enjoyed blueberry donuts, blueberry cobbler, blueberry sherbet, and blueberry pancakes!

You’ve got all the details for successful blueberry picking this season! Looking for more U-Pick this season? Head here for spots to get your picking started!

Brandie grew up in the small town of Ithaca, MI. She moved to the Lansing area to attend Michigan State University. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism with a focus in Broadcast, Public Relations Specialization and Dance Specialization. She currently works as the Marketing Manager for the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA). Brandie lives in Mason with her husband, two daughters, and two golden retrievers. Her hobbies include spending time with her family & friends, traveling, cooking, dancing, and going to the theater.


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