CHESHIRE — It’s pick your own fruit season at local orchards, and Drazen Orchards’ blueberry season is in full swing with more fruit to be popping up in the next couple of weeks.
Drazen Orchards originally opened in 1951 and today sells a wide array of fruit including a variety of apples, as well as blueberries, peaches, nectarines, blackberries, pears and plums.
Eli Drazen, owner of the Drazen Orchard said despite recent problems with the weather, business this year has been going fairly well.
“We went from drought, to rain and even more rain,” Drazen said. “It has definitely impacted the way the fruit grow, what is available and when.”
Due to weather conditions, the orchard encourages customers to call ahead to see what fruit is ripe and ready for picking.
Drazen said this year some of the apples are coming in a few weeks early like some of the Zester apples but the “beautiful” blueberries are the main attraction right now.
Daria Bancescu from Cheshire visited the orchard on Friday afternoon with her three sons and had buckets of fresh blueberries.
“We come a few times a year,” she said. “Especially during the fall to pick apples but also now to pick the blueberries.”
After picking, blueberries are $3.75 per pound and customers have the option to browse the other fruits and vegetables available for purchase.
The upcoming harvest dates for peaches are from August to mid-September and yellow and white nectarines in mid-August. Apples are ready for picking beginning in August and continue through October.
High Hill Orchard in Meriden offers pick your own fruit and is also in its blueberry season, with apple season following shortly after. Rogers Orchards in Southington offers picking only at the Sunnymount location on Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike for apples. The apple picking season begins late August through October.
Like the other orchards, Lyman Orchards is currently in its blueberry and raspberry season and will be following that up with apples, peaches and nectarines. Lyman and Rogers offers pay then pick with various container sizes.
Here’s a quick, simple recipe for your freshly picked blueberries:What you will need
■Desired amount of blueberries■Pinch of salt■Pinch of sugar■Pinch of cinammon ■Greek yogurt■Granola of choiceSteps:
In a small saucepan, combine blueberries, salt, sugar and cinammon. Cover tightly and allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes. Allow to cool completely.
In a glass, spoon yogurt into bottom and smooth the top. Add some of the blueberry mixture and then top with granola. Repeat layers and eat right away or chill in refigerator to enjoy later.
Recipe inspred by Martha Stewart’s Blueberry Granola Parfait.