One of Gothamist’s favorite summer food activities is picking blueberries--if we’re out of the city, that is. If we’re in town, we buy them fresh in the greenmarket. We like them in pies and tarts, with whipped cream or yogurt, or just plain--we’re easy that way. We love the combination of sweet and tart found in the berry. Plus, they're full of antioxidants: good for your heart and for anti-aging.
Throughout New England, especially in Vermont and Maine this year, blueberries are booming. The excessive rain that plagued the region had at least one benefit: it was great for the blueberry bushes. The season traditionally runs May through October and peaks in July, but this year growers are anticipating that berries will remain at their best through August as well.
We like to pick lots, then freeze them so we have a supply to last us through the winter. It's best to first lay them out flat on a baking sheet and freeze them overnight (so they don't get crushed), then put them into freezer bags for long-term storage.