What Kind of Blueberry Picker Are You?

While Ma and I were blueberry picking, we realized there are 3 types of pickers.

The Random Chatters

They think of the field as a coffeehouse and approach everyone wanting to chat. Sometimes they impart berry knowledge; sometimes they are just looking for small talk. They meander to a few locations.

The Family Bonders

They bring small children and really are there to make a memory, not to get berries. They stop at the first bush they see.

The Pickers

They come to fill baskets. They don’t want to talk. They want to get as many berries as they can as quickly as they can. They go away from everyone and seek the unpicked bushes in the farthest areas of the field.

Guess where Ma and I fall?

Category 3: The Pickers.

In one hour, we picked 10 baskets/13 pounds of blueberries.

A Family Bonder saw our haul and remarked, “Wow, look at all those berries. That’s amazing.”

Now Ma and I don’t stay together in the same row because that’s not efficient, and we want to maximize berry finds. Here’s a pic of Ma and me picking berries. Her approach is to work on 6 baskets at a time so that it’s not so hard to fill them.

My approach is to fill 1 basket at a time and pass it over to her since she has the tray for the baskets. We don’t talk much because we are busy crouching down and peering into the heart of the bushes in search of big berries.

At one point, however, we somehow ended up in a live action episode of Angry Birds, where a very determined bird flew into Ma’s ribs and attempted to knock her down for the berries. Then he sat on her back, waiting for her to freak and run. When she didn’t, he took off and divebombed my head. He clearly wanted to intimidate us into abandoning our berries. He failed.

We work fast and hard, so that our clothes are drenched in sweat and our glasses are sliding off our noses. My eyebrow sweat literally blinded me until I came up with a workaround.

We are in and out in 1 hour. We don’t dilly dally. We don’t make friends. We are the berry pickers. The funny thing is this is how we like to do it. We enjoy being pickers. Being focuses and intense relaxes us.

What kind of berry picker are you?


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12 Responses to What Kind of Blueberry Picker Are You?

  1. You’re blueberry guerrillas ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve never picked a blueberry – I’d probably be a laid back picker!

    • Kourtney says:

      We get it done! ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s fun. I’m a fan of berry picking. It helps me relax because I disconnect from everything online and my mind focuses on one task in nature.

  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    I’d definitely be a picker if I picked berries. No eye contact and no chatting, just like a true introvert.

    • Kourtney says:

      You are welcome to pick with Ma and I anytime. We love pickers. ๐Ÿ™‚ I got caught by a random chatter, but he did pass on some good info about freezing berries. After a few polite but brief replies from me, he moved on in search of another chatter.

      • Carrie Rubin says:

        Helpful advice might come in handy. Exceptions can be made in that case.

        • Kourtney says:

          You can freeze blueberries without washing them first. He told me how to use a cookie tray and lay them out in 1 layer and put them in freezer for 1 hour. Then you bag them. ๐Ÿ™‚ You don’t wash them until you eat them.

  3. Sheila says:

    We used to pick berries when I was around 7 or 8. I think my mom was a picker, but I was more of a blueberry eater – I’m sure more ended up all over my face than in the basket. She was able to get enough to make pies though. I’m glad you survived the angry birds. Congratulations on the book blurbs – those are great!

    • Kourtney says:

      I’d loop you into the family bonders. ๐Ÿ™‚ I did notice with the kids more berries go in their mouth than the basket. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was intense. Usually mom is a easy spooked but not when it comes to blueberries then she’s all not my berries. Aw thank you! I am so grateful for their kind words!

  4. Lori says:

    I’ve never picked berries. Do you eat all those berries? Make pies with them? I’ve only recently been trying to acquire a taste for berries, because I’m on a low carb diet and the only sugar I can eat is fruit.

    Sounds like you get down to business with your picking, but luckily it’s a business you enjoy. Good for you two. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kourtney says:

      We do–Ma, Emerson, and me. We usually keep a few baskets out in the fridge and eat them daily. The rest I freeze and eat as a frozen treat throughout the year! It’s so much cheaper than buying them in a grocery store. It’s only $3.75 a pound! LOL. We used to have blackberry bushes at my childhood home–so every summer we picked berries when I was a kid.

      We are serious about it. It’s how we approach anything actually. We never wing it. I call the berry hotline the night before to make sure the picking is good and then we wake up early and go. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. jmmcdowell says:

    To folks in Wisconsin, I’m a “berry picker” simply because I’m from Illinois. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Along with a “penny head” and “flat lander.” But I’d fall into your category if I ever actually went to pick berries! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kourtney says:

      LOL. I did not know that! It’s really fun. And they store for 18 months! You can have frozen berry treats year round. ๐Ÿ™‚

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