BLUEBERRY TOUR II

Blueberry harvest continues this weekend and Fair Oaks ice cream breakfast

2013-08-08T10:00:00Z 2014-06-30T21:26:14Z Blueberry harvest continues this weekend and Fair Oaks ice cream breakfast nwitimes.com
August 08, 2013 10:00 am  • 

On Saturday I came to the conclusion that there is no such thing as too many blueberries, but on Sunday the eating got extremely decadent at Fair Oaks Farm about 25 miles south of Merrillville, Indiana.

Organic Blueberries Take Precedence at Mishawaka: Fortunately, it is difficult to eat too many blueberries as my family found out last weekend. My grandson Teddy ended up at the Blueberry Ranch on Buckeye Road in Mishawaka because the upickem fruit farm uses no pesticides and asks visitors to do the same and watch the sunscreen. My daughter-in-law was not only impressed with the careful attitude about safety, she also loved the prices! It is $1.95 per pound for u-pick and you can pick more than you can eat in about an half hour. But you can buy a huge 5 lb. Box that someone else picked for $15. Blueberry Ranch is open until 5 pm on Saturday and closed Sunday.

Also the National Blueberry Festival is already underway in South Haven, Michigan. During the long weekend all kinds of fresh blueberry products are available, there's a 5K walk-run, riverfront concerts and most activities are free. The festival lasts through August 12th.

On Sunday the Eating Got Very Decadent: Fair Oaks Farm,  straight down south on I-65, is one of the great places to eat on Sunday morning. We got there about a 20 minutes after they opened and hit the cafe first. This may have been slightly backwards but the dairy-made ice cream line was moving faster than the cheese line so we had an ice cream apertif. Teddy got a very large cone in a cup on top of what seemed to be way more than one scoop of vanilla. His Dad had two scoops and I had one of butter pecan. Delicious. We followed up with grilled cheddar cheese sandwiches. Fair Oaks has great cheddar and you probably know you can get two-year aged cheddar at Strack's, but you can get five-year aged cheddar at the dairy. That alone may be worth the trip --- oh and the cheese curds. But the ice cream is really great and you probably should bring a cooler if you don't go that often. The animals, the birthing center, the cows and now the pig tour are legendary, but there were a whole lot of interesting exhibits, a train ride, a maze with a slide at the center, that were just perfect even for a two-year-old.

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