Blueberry Picking

Fresh New England Blueberries are one of the most delicious treats of August. There are low bush blueberries all around the White Mountains. It’s not uncommon to see a car pulled off to the side of the road and a person just up a hill gathering this dainty fleeting delicacy.  You can also find them on a nice walk or a hike. If you don’t make it out to pick your own luckily just down the road from the Hostel there is a wonderful little Farm Stand called Weston’s. They have this delicious wild growing berry for sale and I bought a lot! The tiny wild low bush berries are much smaller than the high bush blueberry and, they are quintessential  New England at its best.

Now it’s mid August, the temperature has been rising and the humidity is thick in the air…I should be swimming in the river but instead I’m turning the Hostel oven on to 425 degrees and making a pie.  It might sound crazy to some, but because these berries are the best fresh for baking and not frozen it’s worth turning a hot day even hotter for that runny, juicy slice of blueberry pie fresh out of the oven dolloped with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream…and not just any ice cream…I found it at Weston’s Farm Stand along with the blueberries.  The Ice Cream is  from Sandwich Creamery, they make their own cheese and ice cream, it’s extremely decadent and delicious.   We love buying local goods and produce and supporting small businesses all around the valley.  So when you come stay at the White Mountains Hostel get out for some berry picking or just pop up the road to the farm stand and get your fill of fresh produce.