We always try to have something planned before each weekend. I can tell you from experience planning something fun on the day of is never a good idea and usually ends with us not doing anything at all. Cory has lately been obsessed with going to a farm to pick fresh fruit! She searched high and low for something to pick. Eventually, she found Southern Hill Farms and their first peach picking day was coming up. We were booked for peach and blueberry picking. Growing up in the south and picking blueberries as a kid, I was not excited about sweating to death on a farm in Central Florida. I will admit I was wrong and this was the best day ever.
“You’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes because that’s where the fruit is.” – Will Rogers
We decided to get there around 10am on Saturday morning because the forecast was predicting rain at 12pm. We started out with picking peaches to make sure we got enough good ones. At 10am on Saturday there was a crowd of people already. The process of picking peaches and finding the perfect one was harder than expected. You couldn’t pull too hard and you had to delicately pull it off the tree without damaging it. I was pretty bad at this and ended up with peachy hands. We filled our basket and paid by the pound.
“It happens every time, they all become blueberries.” – Willy Wonka
Next it was time to pick blueberries and we were encouraged to eat as we picked. I probably ate like 10 pounds of blueberries that day. I’m still pretty excited about this experience and the amount of blueberries I consumed in 1 hour of picking. This farm had ten types of blueberries. We had no idea there were that many different types of blueberries! We ended up liking the Emerald the best and filled our bucket mainly with these. We ended up with 2.75 pounds of blueberries. It’s definitely time for blueberry pie right?
“Donuts. Is there anything they can’t do?” – Matt Groening
One of the best parts of this day was getting some treats from the cute renovated 1979 International Airstream. The menu was full of blueberry everything. We ordered the blueberry donuts, blueberry biscuits and fresh blueberry tea. The donuts stole the show and any other donut award there is. I have had a pretty good amount of donuts in my days and these are the winner of everything. The donuts had a perfect shape and had just enough sugar on them. The donuts at Southern Hill Farms are Let’s Find Fun approved.
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
At the end of the day, we went home and Cory made two blueberry pies (her family’s recipe) with all of our fresh blueberries. I would recommend anyone coming to Central Florida to check out Southern Hill Farms. It was the perfect break from all of the theme parks and busy Central Florida action. It’s located just north west of Orlando and you can get to it pretty quickly in the morning. Just make sure you check their event calendar and make sure they have something in season to pick! Southern Hills Farms made for the perfect local adventure and we loved finding fun here! What are your favorite blueberries? What’s your favorite thing to pick at a farm? Share with us in the comments!
Blueberry Pie Recipe
1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 cups of blueberries (can add more/less according to taste!)
1 container (8 oz) of whipped cream
1 graham cracker pie crust
In a large bowl combine condensed milk and lemon juice. Stir in berries. Fold in whipped cream. Spread into crust. Let it sit in the refrigerator for an hour or so before serving. Enjoy!