Last Wednesday evening Juliana Young opened her garden, and blueberry patch to the members of the PoCo Garden Club. Juliana’s Farm is located just off Prairie on Devon Rd in Port Coquitlam. She runs a fabulous you pick blueberry farm on a couple acres of beautiful Port Coquitlam dirt.
Just as the light was nearing that perfect place, I wandered into the farm ready to pick. Camera slung around my neck and an empty bucket in hand I got started.
I would dare to say, the blueberries here may well be the best blueberries in the lower mainland. Port Coquitlam and it’s neighbor Pitt Meadows have premium blueberry crops. Definitely worth a drive in the country, if your so inclined!
The season has just started at Juliana’s farm. The berries are big and plump, and there’s lots of them! One thing I love about blueberries is that they are a long crop. Strawberry season comes and goes so quickly here in the northwest. Blueberries take their time. Savoring their spot in the sun! Juliana told me one year they were still picking on Thanksgiving (for my American friends, our Thanksgiving is October 11th)! For as many shrubs covered in the deep blue wonder, there are still plenty more waiting to ripen.They are so worth the wait!
We picked blueberries as the sun departed. Music swirled around the patch. Not only keeping us humming, but a reminder to the bears that we were there. It seems they are fans too! Who can blame them?Once I had filled my ice cream bucket, I made my way into the perennial beds to peek and poke at the flowers. Juliana has an amazing variety of plants. The Poppies! Oh the gorgeous double poppies she has. Just starting to fade, their seed pods still tower above the rest.
Lining the patch, roses in dark & light pink. All with beautiful fringed petals!
Before I left I stopped back in to say goodbye, and signed myself up on Juliana’s handy wipe away board for some of those fantastic poppy seeds! She also had bags of bearded iris’. Divided up, and ready to go! How could I say no?
Thank you for opening your garden to us Juliana! The berries are fantastic, and your hospitality was outstanding!
I will be coming back soon with the kids to pick again. In two days it’s amazing how many blueberries have been eaten in my house. In fact we just finished some fantastic blueberry pancakes!
So don’t forget this summer to get out there and support your local farmers, and buy some local berries! They are cheap, and so much tastier that their grocery store cousins!