Wild Blueberry Picking in Northern Wisconsin
Wild blueberry patches are finally starting to ripen around here in Wisconsin so today, my mom and I drove up near Boulder Junction where we’ve gone picking before. It’s a secret patch we found, right off of a random dirt road.
I’ve been on the hunt for an old, wooden bucket ever since I saw a photo of one in a Martha Stewart magazine. The photo was of a woman in her garden, carrying the wood-slated bucket with a wire handle and a wooden handle grip. I couldn’t seem to find one anywhere until I got the idea to go to the local greenhouse down the street.
Sure enough, tucked away on a top shelf behind a few other buckets and baskets, was the exact one from the photo! It wasn’t technically for sale, but I asked the owner if I could buy it anyways and she said sure! Three dollars later, and I had the perfect berry bucket. Martha Stewart would be proud.
The patch wasn’t as good as last year but after spending about two hours picking blueberries, we ended up getting quite a few!
Have you ever gone wild blueberry picking? Comment below!
How long do you anticipate the blueberries will last?
I plan on heading to chequamegon national forest blueberry picking next week (july 21 2022) I have picked there my whole life
I grew up picking wild blueberries with my parents in Pennsylvania. My husband and I found some great areas SW of Washburn, WI last year and I plan to take a long weekend this year so I can pick more, but wondering how the crop looks. Have the drought and heat limited the berries this year? Are they ripe now, or can I wait until next weekend? Thanks for any info you can provide.
I’m going right now..Three Lakes Wi. We have tons of berries.
Im 72 now, but when i was 8 or 9 my dad would take me wild bb picking.my dad was absolutely the fastest berry picker in the world. We would go for bb’s, blackberries, eldeberries. I have 2 older sisters and when they went picking with my dad, he would put his bb’s in a big bucket and look for more bushes. My sisters snuck back to the bucket and scoop out some berries and tell dad they picked them. I think my dad knew it though.
Love the wooden bucket! Growing up in rural Oregon, huckleberry picking was a frequent activity. Back in my backpacking days, I would spend thirty minutes or so of an evening picking those wonderfully sweet, deep blue berries and drop them methodically in my flap-jack batter the next morning. I can almost taste them now and my mouth is watering! Now that I live in Wisconsin, I would very-much enjoy picking wild berries again. Any hints on where to find them?
I have picked with my cousin near Iron River with good results. Can’t make it this year unfortunately. Besides the bounty, there’s something therapeutic about the silence and picking.
Iron river WI? I went blueberry picking with my grandma every summer as a lil girl. A few months ago i moved up here (iron river) i wish i had paid more attention to where we went. She would always warn me to watch for bears. I didn’t realize until now that she was serious!
Blueberry picking sounds like so much fun!!
Hi I plan on heading north to Trego blueberry picking today looking for a promising patch that I seen earlier this summer