Just like last year me and Zara headed out to Durham, Quebec to pick blueberries together and try and consume as much antioxidants as we could handle. We ended up going to the same farm as last year too, the only difference is this year we headed out at the end July instead of mid-August and it made the world of difference. Not only did we get to pick some raspberries (we arrived too late to pick from the good field sadly but we did pick some!) but we also got to pick over 9 varieties of blueberries. We didn’t really like many of the variations that much, but we at least learned the yummiest blueberry variety – Nelson! There is not much else to say as all we did was be silly, talk about inappropriate things and pick blueberries and raspberries for a few hours and then headed home. I did end up taking a lot of glamour shots of blueberries sand some instant shots that I’ve already shared (here). Our U-Pick day…
In the middle of October I had a chance to go apple picking with Victor and Zara. It’s becoming one of my must do activities for Autumn and we had a lot of fun. It feels like so long ago even though it was just a few weekends ago though, the weather changed so much. It was an interesting day for photography as it was really cloudy but sunny. I had to adjust for the shifting light non-stop. It felt so great though being out in the fresh air and away from the big city. It was really different experience from last year because we went in late October so a lot of the orchard was already out of season. We still manage to eat so many apples and collected a lot to take home (I think all of our stomachs hurt a little towards the end). I didn’t help too much with the picking because I was having fun taking photos with 3 separate cameras, a little crazy I admit but it was so nice to be away from the city. I have to say that I wouldn’t have been much help anyways because most of the trees only had apples on the top branches. I think out of all the apples I picked, I had to jump to reach most of them. Lol. I really wish I had a car myself so I could escape the city more but I’ll take what I can get!
We wandered off from the area where everyone was and found a bunch of really amazing apples, totally forget the name but they were really good. I love green apples the most so finding these made my day.
I thought since this week I was supposed to pick apples but that got cancelled that I’d share a few photos from my pick your own blueberries adventure I had with my friend Zara this summer. I really love the idea of getting fruit directly from the farm, it just seems such a wonderful relationship between the grower and me as a consumer. Up until last year I had never done it before but it was such a great experience I was excited to do more. Zara has a car which is wonderful because being a city girl and living on transit I cannot actually get myself to farms on my own. We rode out to this random farm I had found the day before online and spent a few hours under the hot sun eating and picking blueberries until we were exhausted. It was really hard work, much harder than apples that are for sure. Zara picked and ate so many, she was like a pro. I gave up after a while and just took photos of the blueberry bushes – lol. The only disappointment was they didn’t have their raspberry picking open which would have been amazing as it’s my one of my favourite summer fruits. It was really fun though, and the store they had there sold the most amazing apple juice and honey. I was so happy I picked some up because it’s just so great getting unpasteurized produce when you can. The best thing though is I ended up with so many blueberries I was able to freeze a whole bunch on the day I picked them so I have fresh local blueberries sitting in my freezer to make cupcakes or just adding to my yogurt for the next few months. Anyways, here are the photos of our day picking blueberries.