Best Berry Picking Spots for the Season!

Few things are better than FRESH homemade jams and jellies! It’s the best part of berry picking season and it’s a great family activity to do if you spent last weekend at the pool. You can visit one of these local farms and pick your own great quality berries to have some delicious jam for the rest of the year!

Blooms & Berries Probst Farm, Loveland
Strawberry picking usually starts Memorial Weekend & they’ve had an unusually high demand this year, so if you want ANY chance of getting’ ANY, plan on hitting this farm in the next couple of days. You must check their website, FB page or give them a call at 513-697-9173 for today’s picking info, they usually have U-Pick hours in the morning!

Hidden Valley Fruit Farm, Lebanon
They MAY have some strawberries left, but only grown-ups are allowed to pick those berries. They’re hoping their blueberry crop will be ready the 3rd week of June where the whole gang can grab a bucket & pick their own! Any day of the week, the kids can always enjoy the petting zoo! On weekends there’s live music, a bounce house & train rides too! They like to have a lil-mini fest once a month-June 8-9 is their Strawberry Spectacular & July 6-7 a Berry Blast! Visit their website before heading up or just pick up the phone & call 513-932-1869.

Irons Fruit Farm, Lebanon
Their strawberries are so high in demand with a wait list that they will be out of them any day now. They are hoping U-Pick ‘Em blueberries will be ripe & ready in mid June, but just can’t tell as of yet. Again, check their website, FB page or call 513-932-2853.

Rouster’s Apple House, Milford
They have a blueberry crop ripening up & expect them to be ready for U-Pick ‘Em, later than usual, in late June & early July. They’re also hoping for a nice crop of thornless blackberries to be ready at the end of July-beginning of August. Check back on their website or call 513-625-5504 for updates.

Fryman Farms, Burlington, KY
Call TODAY if you want any chance of snagging the last of the strawberries! Otherwise, they’re expecting blackberries at the end of June. They plant their berries on mats, so little feet don’t get muddy! Make sure you definitely call 859-586-4576 or check their FB page for hours & availability!

When you get home, here’s an easy jam recipe:

You’ll Need:

2 lbs Fresh Strawberries, hulled

4 C white sugar

1/4 C Lemon Juice

Directions:

1. In a wide bowl, crush strawberries in batches until you have 4 cups of mashed berry. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, mix together the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Increase heat to high, and bring the mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil, stirring often, until the mixture reaches 220 degrees F (105 degrees C). Transfer to hot sterile jars, leaving 1/4 to 1/2 inch headspace, and seal. Process in a water bath.

*If the jam is going to be eaten right away, don’t bother with processing, and just refrigerate.

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