With an already jam packed weekend ahead, I decided that blueberry picking was in order on this beautiful Friday morning.
We used to live on the outskirt of our city, where we literally lived 3 minutes walking-distance away from a blueberry farm. It’s called Canaan Blueberries. About 25 minutes from Ottawa. It’s a family operated berry farm on a few acre of beautiful land. Once you enter the fields, you feel secluded from the world. It’s quiet, and so delicious!
When we lived there, I use to take the boys in the stroller, park them in the field, and give them berries while I did the picking. This year, they were ready to have own basket to fill, which they both dropped on the ground at one point; hence a small meltdown, oh well, we lived.
It was such a gorgeous day for berry picking. We filled a basket for us and one for their Papi (AKA Frank!). It took us just a little less than an hour, but you can easily fill yours in 20 minutes, if you can avoid distractions and meltdowns!!! We will for sure go back next week.
Once we got home, we made some blueberry muffins and LEMONADE! Oh, yes… blueberry lemonade. And I have the recipe for you.
What you need:
1 cup blueberries (fresh is best)
1\2 cup sugar
1\2 cup water
3 TBS lemon juice
3 TBS blueberry syrup
1 cup sprite or 7up
Place water, sugar and blueberries in a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the stove and let it cool for 5 minutes.
I made this drink by the glass, but you could easily adjust the quantities for a pitcher.
In a large glass, place ice, lemon juice, blueberry syrup and top off with sprite. Add a lemon slice, fresh blueberries and fresh mint to garnish. This version is non-alcoholic, but add gin and you’ve got a party!
You will have plenty of the blueberry syrup… for about 10 drinks. Store the leftover in the fridge and you can warm it up the next morning for your toast. You’re welcome!