Photos by Joe McIntyre/staff photographer
Dottie Sturdevant, right, of Marathon, picks blueberries for an assortment of baking projects she has planned with her daughter Denise Beach, left, Monday at Cherry Knoll Farm in Cortlandville.
Blueberries ripe for picking
CORTLANDVILLE — Mother and daughter team Dottie Sturdevant, 47, and Denise Beach, 22, were nearing their blueberry picking goal Monday morning at Perfetti’s U-Pick in Cortlandville — their two-gallon buckets were almost full.
Monday was the first of two annual pilgrimages to the patch at Cherry Knoll Farm on Hoxie Gorge Road for the blueberry lovers from Marathon.
Beach had a long list off the top of her head of all the treats the pair would make with the blueberries over the winter, including cobbler, pancakes and cookies.
Earlier that morning, Sturdevant had already baked a blueberry pie with some of last year’s berries. With so many uses for the fruit, Sturdevant said she has to make sure she picks enough in the summer to last all winter long.
“That’s why I try to get as many as I can,” she said. “I’m sure I’ll come back.”
Picking at Perfetti’s U-Pick started July 21 and will go through the end of August, he said.”