It’s Blueberry Season in Ohio

By D. Rock, MyOhioFun

Every summer, around the end of June, first of July, I grab my blueberry stained Longaberger basket, garden hat, gloves, water bottle and head out to collect fresh blueberries for my Blueberry Lemon Scones. (I will share the recipe shortly.)

Over the years, I have learned there are various varieties of blueberries, and depending on the weather, some years are sweeter than others. To learn more about the varieties and/or how to plant your own bushes visit OSU’s Growing Blueberries page.

Besides being great for making jams, pies, muffins and tossed in salads, the numerous health benefits packed into each blueberry is just one more reason to head out this blueberry season and grab a few quarts from a local farmer.

So take time this summer to enjoy Ohio’s blueberry season.  To get you started, I have listed below information about upcoming blueberry events, where you can get your Ohio blueberries, local Ohio wineries that make blueberry wines, and where the best blueberry donuts can be found in Ohio.

BLUEBERRY EVENTS

DINNER IN THE VALLEY: Blueberry Abundance
Date: July 19, 2018
Time: 6PM-8PM
Location: Greenfield Berry Farm
2485 Major Road, Peninsula, OH 44264
Cost: $30-$60 | Registration ends July 13.
Register

Join us (Conservancy for CVNP) for a wonderful meal while dining in a rustic barn at the Greenfield Berry Farm. Farmers Daniel and Michelle Greenfield will graciously welcome us to their farm for an evening of blueberry-centric foods prepared by Chef Larkin Rogers.

BLUES BERRY BASH
Dates: July 21-22, 2018
Time: 11AM-4PM
Location: White House Fruit Farm
9249 State Rt 62, Canfield, OH 44406
330-533-4161 | website

Blueberry treats abound and blues music surrounds. A perfect afternoon to relax. Pick your own season will be this weekend & beyond (depending on the crop)

LEXINGTON BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL
Dates: August 16-19, 2018
Location: Lexington Community Park
200 Plymouth Street, Lexington, OH
website

Events include:
Car & Bike show, live music, 5K Run & Glow Run, a Bluberry Bash, food vendors, Big Wheel race, and more.

 

BEST BLUEBERRY DONUTS!

If you Google “best blueberry donuts in Ohio”, you will be directed to White House Fruit Farm. I have to admit I have stood in line numerous times for these tantalizing blueberry cakes with blueberry icing on them. Your going to find it hard to buy just one.  Don’t like blueberry?  The donuts come in a lot of other flavors.

WHITE HOUSE FRUIT FARM
Location: 9249 State Rt 62, Canfield, OH 44406
330-533-4161 | website

It’s hard to compete with White House when it comes to blueberry donuts, and I have yet to find another blueberry donut in the State that comes close.

 

 

 

 

  • Before heading out make sure to take a cooler. The market carries an assortment of deli-meats and cheeses, fresh vegetables, bulk food goods, specialty items and of course a stocked bakery with lots of items to choose from.
  • White House Fruit Farm is located just across the street from Diletto Winery.  The winery offers an assortment of  appetizers and sandwiches.  It’s also one of the participating wineries on the “Wines of the Valley Wine Trail.”
  • A short ride from the farm is Fellows Riverside Gardens, located in Mill Creek Metroparks.  A beautiful garden, that is free and open to the public and a wonderful place to walk off all those donuts!
  • Other shopping stops around the area should include the Gorant Chocolatier and The Amish Market.  For more information or to order your FREE Mahoning County visitor guide click here.




BLUEBERRY FARMS

Blueberry picking is a fun family activity and a great way to stock up the freezer for future recipes.

Before heading out to any of the farms, I always call ahead or check the farms website or Facebook page for times and updates. Weather is always an important factor.   And every farm has set times and days for pick-your-own.  Most farms will have containers you can use to pick.  Some farms are organic farms, so you will need to make sure to watch out for possible poison ivy that may find itself creeping in the fields.

Here is a list of farms in Ohio that are offering blueberries:

ASHTABULA COUNTY – NE OH

NORTHRIDGE BLUEBERRIES
Location:  497 W Main Rd., Conneaut, OH 44030
330.592.6574 | website

GEAUGA COUNTY – NE OH

VOYTKO FARMS
Location: 11391 Franks Rd., Auburn Township, OH
440.834.4240 | website

KNOX COUNTY – CENTRAL OH

Z STREET BLUEBERRY FARM
Location: 15720 Z Street, Frederickstown, Ohio 43019
614.562.4679| Facebook

Please note: The farm does not accept credit/debit cards.

The 2018 Z Street Blueberry Farm season starts this Sunday, June 24th (closed if raining) and we will be open everyday except Wednesday from 8am until dusk for approx the next 6 weeks or until the organically grown blueberries are gone! If you want to come out and pick, please read the details below. There are 3 different ways to get our blueberries. You choose!

1) Pick on halves (split your pick in half with us and your half is free).
2) Pick and then buy all of what you pick for $2.50 per pound.
3) Buy already picked organic blueberries they are $3.00 per pound.

HOLMES COUNTY – NE OH

BLUEBERRY HILL FAMILY FARMS
Location: 23038 Gessling Rd, Glenmont, OH 44628
740.599.5050 | website

 Pick your own.
Over 15 acres of delicious blueberries in transition to certified organic

LORAIN COUNTY – NE OH

MARTIN BLUEBERRIES
Location: 25380 Akins Rd., Columbia Station, Ohio 44028
440.236.5341 | website | Facebook

MAHONING COUNTY – NE OH

WHITE HOUSE FRUIT FARM
Location: 9249 State Rt 62, Canfield, OH 44406
330-533-4161 | website

MEDINA COUNTY – NE OH

MARTINS BLUEBERRY FARM
Location: 11581 Spencer Mills Rd., Spencer, OH 44275
330.648.2884 | Facebook

PORTAGE COUNTY – NE OH

WOLFF’S BLUEBERRIES
Location: 6852 Hankee Rd. Garrettsville, OH  44231
330.527.2894 | website

RICHLAND COUNTY – NE OH

THE BLUEBERRY PATCH
Location: 1285 W. Hanley Rd., Mansfield, OH 44904
419.884.1797 | website

SUMMIT COUNTY – NE OH

THE GREENFIELD BERRY FARM
Location: 2485 Major Rd., Peninsula, OH 44264
330.657.2924 | website | Facebook

Pick you own.
The Greenfield Berry Farm is a naturally grown farm that features pick-your-own blueberries and aronia berries and offers a wide variety of vegetables. Honey is available from our hives.

WAYNE COUNTY – NE OH

RITTMAN ORCHARDS
Location: 13548 Mt Eaton Rd N, Doylestown, OH 44230
330.925.4152 | website

BLUEBERRY WINE

For your enjoyment, DiscoverOhioWines.com has come up with a list of Ohio wineries that are offering “Blueberry” wine.

BLUEBERRY BLISS
1285 Winery
Location: 1285 West Hanley Road, Mansfield, Ohio 44904
website

BLUEBERRY WINE
Breitenbach Winery
Location: 5934 Old Route 39 Northwest, Dover, OH 44622
website

BLUEBERRY PINOT NOIR 
Buckeye Winery
Location: 25 North Third Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
website

BLUEBERRY NOIR
Debonne’ Winery
Location: 7840 Doty Road, Madison, OH 44057
website

BLUEBERRY WINE
Maize Valley Winery
Location: 6193 Edison St. NE (St. Rt. 619), Hartville, OH 44632
website

BLUEBERRY RAIN
Winery at Versailles
Location: 6572 State Route 47, Versailles, Ohio 45380
website

 

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And finally, as promised here is my

BLUEBERRY SCONES WITH LEMON GLAZE RECIPE 

Blueberry Scones ingredients:
2 c. all-purpose flour
1 T. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. sugar
5 T. cold, unsalted butter – (cut in chunks)
1 c. fresh blueberries
1 c. heavy cream (save a bit for brushing)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Sift all the dry ingredients into a large bowl. Using a pastry blender or the 2 fork method, cut in the butter until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. Carefully add the blueberries by folding them in.  Try not to mash them.  Then make a well in the center, add the cream and fold everything together.  Mix until blended. Don’t over mix.

Next roll the dough out into a circle shape on a lightly floured pastry board.  Cut the dough into pie pieces about 1 1/4 inch thick.  I normally get about 12 scones. Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet and then brush with a little of the heavy cream.

While the scones are baking for 15 to 20 minutes, I mix in a bowl:
1/2 c. freshly squeezed lemon
2 c. confectioner’s sugar
1 T unsalted butter, softend
and the zest from 1 lemon.
First mix lemon juice and powdered sugar together until blended. Then add butter and zest and microwave about 30 seconds. Repeat another 30 sec if the butter is not melted. Whisk until the glaze has no lumps and can be poured over the top of the warm scones.

I let the scones rest a little before glazing. Warm not hot.  I also like to serve them with a little Devonshire cream on the side.

Have a great blueberry recipe?  Feel free to share it via email, and I will make sure to post it.
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