local corner: breckenridge blueberries

Berries are a big deal in our house.  Even our neighborhood is where it’s at when it comes to berries.  We live smack dab in the middle of raspberry country.  Within a two miles radius of our house is over 400 acres of raspberries and the county alone grows over 60% of the raspberries in the U.S.  Berry picking machines meandering down our highway are a regular occurence and hinderance from the middle of June through the end of August.  It’s a booming time between festivals, picking, freezing, jam-making and eating.  I have a pretty equalized affinity for all berries – whether it be blackberries (you can’t beat a good blackberry cobbler), raspberries (delicious in just about EVERYTHING), strawberries (strawberry shortcakes make my heart flutter) and blueberries (homemade muffins with a crumble topping are a perfect anytime snack). 

But, blueberries are the one that I can fill a bowl with and eat like movie popcorn.  Before you know it – they are gone.  They are also my favorite berry to grow.  We have four blueberry bushes in our yard and they are the kind of perennial that I love because they are gorgeous year round with their fire-red branches in fall and winter, full green foliage in spring and snow white berries that turn plump and blue in summer.  Well, our four bushes don’t feed the need or get us as stocked up for winter as we’d like, so we’ve found our local source for blueberries.  And, oh, how our lives have changed for the better!

Breckenridge Blueberries is a no-spray blueberry farm located in the foothills of Mount Baker, just outside Nooksack.   They grow a number of different varieties and they are all absolutely gorgeous.  Beautiful, plump blueberries packed with flavor and grown with mother nature’s goodness – no chemicals, just sunshine, water and tending love from the owners, Mariah and Shawn Butenschoen. 

We have taken two trips to the farm so far this year.  Both times, we have spent less than 45 minutes picking and effortlessly hauled in close to 20 pounds of berries.  The variety we were picking was “Duke” and they are incredibly delicious.  The berries are ginormous and packed with flavor.  And, the bushes are loaded.  You can pick a single bush for a long time, but it’s nice to get a change of scenery and move on to a new site. 

It's all about picking our battles. I didn't argue with Beckett when she insisted on wearing a wool sweater to pick in the 75+ degree weather...

The scenery is another noteworthy feature of the farm.  It’s simply breathtaking.  The farm sits up on a hill overlooking the Nooksack Valley with the foothills of Mount Baker framing the landscape.  It is an absolute blessing to spend time outside, pick delicious, healthy and chemical-free berries and enjoy time with two of my favorite people.  We live in splendid country and are able to visit farms from people doing it the right way!

Breckenridge Blueberries

U-Pick and We-pick open on Saturdays from 9:00am to 6:00pm.  Check their website/facebook to see if they happen to be open during the week.  If the bushes are bursting with berries, chances are they will be open!

Can you say "that looks like 20 pounds of blueberries!"?

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3 Responses to local corner: breckenridge blueberries

  1. Cutzi says:

    Ahhh… I too love Breckenridge so much! Justin got some berries from another farm recently and I really don’t think they tasted as good. But nothing – nothing – beats their beautiful farm. Clean, neat rows, birds singing – breathtaking. I think we’ve got over 100 lbs frozen now. Woohoo!!

    • sacredbee says:

      They really are a wonderful farm! And, seriously – where can you get 100 pounds of any fruit, including DELICIOUS berries, for only $1.50/pound. I think we picked way more than we were planning on just because we loved spending time there. 🙂

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