Category Archives: Blueberries

2013 Dexter Blueberry Farm season starts July 18

From a news release by the Dexter Blueberry Farm:

The Dexter Blueberry Farm will open earlier than planned. We will open July 18 2013.
The early berries are ready, Blue-Ray, Blue-Crop and Northland varieties. Blue-Ray and Blue-Crop berries tend to be larger and slightly tart. The picking will be good. The Jersey will begin in another 10 days.

The price for blueberries is $1.75/lb.
Mon-Sat: 8:00am-7:30 pm
Sunday: Noon-6:00 pm
11024 Beach Rd. Dexter, MI
Phone: (734) 426-2900


SE Michigan U-Pick blueberry season is here starting July 5-7 2012

From the Dexter Blueberry Farm's email notice:

Dexter Blueberry farm is Opening Thursday July 5 2012 for you to pick blueberries.

The early berries are ready, Blue-Ray and Blue-Crop varieties. These berries tend to be larger, slightly tart and delicious. The picking will be good to excellent. By July 16 the Jersey will be ready (need rain) and they are delicious and sweet. The crop this year is huge. We expect picking to be Fantastic by the third week of July and through the season. We expect the season to last through the third week of August.

The Blueberry Patch in Grass Lake is opening Saturday July 7 2012:

We will be open 9am-7pm, 7 days a week beginning Saturday July 7th.

Sodt's Berry Farm (Arborwiki link) also brings berries to the Ann Arbor Farmers Market.


Early July berry picking report, 2011

U-Pick Strawberry season in the Ann Arbor area is over; it ended June 29 at Rowe's, and June 26 at Whittaker's.

Juneberries are still on the trees, but they are overripe and best left for the birds.

Mulberries are out in full force on the trees and on the sidewalks. Look down for black blotches, then look up for ripe berries.

Blackberries and black raspberries can be found in parks or in the yards of helpful neighbors. 

Wasem's has U-pick red and green gooseberries, red and black currants, and tart (sour) cherries, starting July 7. Not everything is always available depending on ripening, call ahead for details.

Dexter Blueberry Farm is expecting to open July 20, according to their email; the web site says July 25.

See Real Time Farms for more details on local produce. If you have any spare berries, let me know. 

Basil and blueberry recipes, theme and variations

According to the search logs, it’s season for both. Here’s a bunch of recipes that use both. The common third ingredient is citrus, either lime or lemon, either in the recipe or served as the with.

Lemon cupcakes with blueberry basil filling.  from the blog A Good Appetite:

Blueberry Basil Sauce
1/3 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
1 T water
1/2 t lemon juice
1 1/2 T granulated sugar
6 large basil leaves, chopped

Blueberry, basil and rum cocktail, Art of Drink:

Muddle basil, mint, sugar and lime juice in base of a shaker glass. Add blueberries and continue to muddle. Add rum and ice and shake. Fill collins glass with ice and strain muddled rum mixture into the glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a lime.

Blueberry basil ice cream, Washington Post:

Combine the blueberries, basil leaves and 1/4 cup of the sugar in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook for about 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until the berries collapse and yield their juices. Transfer to a blender and let it cool there for 30 minutes.

Grilled chicken with blueberry basil salsa, Martha Stewart:

Place 2 cups blueberries in a food processor; pulse until coarsely chopped, about five times. Transfer to a medium bowl, and add onion, jalapenos, lime juice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; stir to combine. Add basil, cilantro, remaining cup blueberries, and oil; stir to combine.

Given this collection, you should be able to create many more variations.

2009 u-pick blueberry report for the Dexter Blueberry Farm

first u-pick blueberries in the area from dexter blueberry farm; here's the email they sent out.  you will want to go to their web site and join their mailing list if you want to get more.

blueberries arrive.  

the web site says "The price of berries /lb. is $1.60/lb".  this compares with $40 for 10# at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market.

Early picking opportunity.

We will open for you to pick blueberries starting Friday July 17. Bring some friends too.


The early berries are ready, Blue-Ray and Blue-Crop varieties. These berries tend to be larger, slightly tart and delicious. By the last week of July the Jersey will be ready and they are delicious and sweet. We expect excellent picking from the last week of July through August.


It looks to be an outstanding crop due to all the rain and not having a bad frost.


See our website for directions and information




Dexter Blueberry Farm

11024 Beach Rd.  Dexter, MI
Phone:  (734) 426-2900

Mon-Sat: 8:30am-7:30 pm 
Sunday: Noon-6:00 pm

saturday Ann Arbor farmer’s market report, u-pick fruit coming up, and what’s in bloom

I was at market on Saturday (yesterday) and kept an eye out for fruit and for new things at market.  Here's some details.

Sour cherries were gone; sweet cherries were $5-$6 per quart.
Both Erie Orchards and Sodt's Berry Farm had blueberries for $40 for a 10# lug.
Basil, $1.00 to $1.25 a small bag, or $10/# (organic).
Grandma from Grandma's Kitchen brought 70 dozen eggs and was sold out at noon.

The U-Pick local report from Mark Charles:

Dexter Blueberry Farm's web site says they'll open on July 20. 

Makielski's raspberry farm says "2 weeks"  (about July 25.)

and the field report from the Buhr Park wet meadow from Andy Brush

Today at wet meadow II, I saw the following in bloom:
  • Bee Balm
  • Black Eyed Susan
  • Yellow Coneflower
  • Prairie Dack (just getting going)
  • Butterfly Milkweed
  • Hoary Vervain
  • Daisy Fleabane
  • Common Milkweed