Your Guide to Berry Picking in and around New OrleansBerry Picking is a blast, and the season is almost upon us (with a couple places already open to the public for picking and more opening next week). Bonus- we've included three incredible blueberry recipes as well! 3D Blueberry Farm41031 Highway 1056, Franklinton, 985.839.2987. Open 7 am-5 pm, Wednesday thru Sunday.Opening Day: Saturday, May 19. The berries are early this year! 1,500 Rabbiteye Blueberry bushes, complete with a rain sensor-ed automatic sub-surface drip irrigation & fertigation system. We have Premier, Climax & Tiblue cultivars. Visit their Facebook page for updates. Note, calling ahead to ensure the berries are ripe is preferred. Opening date is scheduled for May 23rd Blue Harvest Farms78495 Highway 21, Bush, blueharvetfarms.comBlue Harvest Farms is the largest U-Pick Blueberry Farm in St. Tammany Parish. Picking Season usually starts the first weekend in June and lasts 6 weeks from the start. But weather determines the actual start date, and it is different every year. Please check their website for updates. Loblolly Ridge FarmFor GPS purposes: 1000 Andrew Bankston Road, Amite, 985.748.6843, Open 7 am-6 pm, Thursday thru Saturdays. Last day to pick is June 30th. &am- 6pm. $8 gallon. ( actual address 18010 Hwy 1061, Amite) Enjoy two manicured acres of blueberries (1,200 plants) featuring six varieties to assure sweetness throughout the picking season. Also offered is a shaded picnic area for those that may need to take a break from the heat. They will be open starting Thursday May 24th. Picayune Blueberry Farm69 Homer Spiers Rd. Picayune, MS, 601.799.7243Started in 1987, they now have 55 acres now with a few sheep, cattle and 13 acres of 14 varieties of blueberries, with the addition of blackberries this year. 'We have opened the farm for people to come and pick their own berries and have a good time swapping stories. Our aim is to grow the best berries we can and provide an interesting and enjoyable experience for kids and adults.' They are open now through end of June. Ridemore Blueberry Farm22154 John T Prats Road., Covington, 985.875.1965, [email protected] A U-pick berry farm that provides a family environment where you can come out and pick ripe berries right off the bush. You can even taste the berries as you pick them to make sure that they are the best you have ever had. Also grown are blackberries, figs and vegetables of various types. They'll open to the public May 26th. Please check their website for updates. But wait, what to do with all these delicious blueberries? We culled the interwebs for the very best blueberry recipes and found three from allrecipes.com. Blueberry Pie"This is the best when made with fresh picked blueberries! It is a beautiful sight with a lattice top." Best of the Best Blueberry Muffins"Big Blueberry muffins with a crusty sugar topping. A recipe I got from my Grandma. The blueberries and the sweet batter are fabulous together. Favorites of all who have tried them. Quick and easy, made with few ingredients. Remember to use paper liners!" Todd's Famous Blueberry Pancakes"My husband makes the most fabulous pancakes I've ever eaten! Well worth the hour wait! We serve them with butter and brown sugar." For fun, we've linked this 2018 Louisiana Harvest calendar from Pick Your Own.