It began with a tractor trailer ride around the rows of peach trees and apple trees. Just as most everyone in New England today, I was outdoors enjoying the mild summer weather. I had the pleasure of going blueberry picking with my friends at Belltown Hill Orchards in South Glastonbury, CT. Belltown Hill Orchards began with Louis Preli after he emigrated from Northern Italy at the turn of the 20th century. Just 6 years later, at age 20, he purchased the first 7 acres of land which has grown over the past several generations of family ownership. Now, with 155 acres, it is one of Glastonbury's oldest and largest family owned farms.
Today, I met Burton, who educated me about the 8 different varieties of blueberries grown from different seeds. Blueberry bushes can grow up to 5 feet and yield many many blueberries. What amazes me is how many things you can do with blueberries that make the experience of picking them last. Before we left, I heard a little girl yell out to her family, "this is much more funner than going to the store, right?" Happy Summer!