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It’s berry pickin’ time!

July 29, 2014 - Barb Barrett
I picked blueberries for the first time and was amazed that we have a place so close to home where I can go and get a bucket filled with ripe blueberries in no time. On Thursday morning I visited the Green Barn Berry Farm in Muncy. Their motto is “Two for you, one for the Bucket.” Isn’t that the truth! I didn’t have to go very far, nor did it take me very long to fill the bucket. I also didn’t realize that the blueberries are within an easy arm’s reach, no stretching, bending or leaning.

Upon entering the farm on Armstrong Road from Rt. 405, you will see expansive rows of berry bushes.

Just choose a section among the many rows, and you will find clusters of blueberries just waiting to be picked.

Starting in late May they produce seasonal berries of all kinds. They recommend that after you pick your berries, to wash them, then dry them on a cookie sheet before storing. I plan on freezing mine, and using them later for fruit smoothies and muffins. The owners said that the berries can be stored in just about any type of container. Fresh dry berries will keep up to a week in the refrigerator while frozen berries will keep up to two years.

The farm was established in 1954 by Ralph and Edna Styer, and to this day it is still a family owned business operated by the grandchildren. They said that you can still come and pick blueberries for the next week or two and then after that it is blackberries followed by red raspberries. The season will end around mid-August but will remain open for pumpkins and hayrides.


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