Blueberry Picking in Northwest Indiana

     One of the 3 Major SuperFoods That Will Change Your Life and Health is blueberries. Steven Pratt, M.D., is a renowned authority on the role of nutrition and lifestyle in disease prevention. He is a senior staff ophthalmologist at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA. Kathy Matthews has co-authored several health and medical bestsellers, including Medical Makeover and Natural Prescriptions.

     In their new book, SuperFoods Rx, authors Steven Pratt, M.D., and Kathy Matthews start with the simple premise that “some foods are better than others for your health.” The 14 “known nutritional powerhouse foods” on the list of SuperFoods were chosen because of their high concentrations of important nutrients.
     These are the “flagship” foods in a given category – foods that are of interest to scientists and nutritionists because of their potential to help protect against many diseases of aging, from heart disease to dementia to type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. Blueberries are a “flagship” food in the fruit category.
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     There’s still time to get your blueberries in Northwest Indiana! Please call ahead for availability.

— LAKE COUNTY —
     Johnson Farm Produce, blueberries after 4th of July, you pick strawberries in season, $7 entry fee during strawberry festival, open every day, farm market, garden center, 8960 E. Ridge Rd., Hobart, 962-1383. www.johnsonsfarmproduce.com. (not you pick)
     Merrillville Farms, blueberries, corn (sweet), cucumbers, melons, peppers, pumpkins, tomatoes, other vegetables, pre-picked produce, farm market, 6716 South Colorado Street, Hobart, IN 46342.  219-947-0223. www.merrillvillefarms.com.
 
 — LAPORTE COUNTY —
   Billy Boy’s Blueberry Barn, 8:30am-5pm, blueberries, pastries, honey, jams, syrup, 650 Freyer Rd., Michigan City, 872-7477., www.billyboysblueberrybarn.com .
     Blueberries of Indiana, blueberries, open until Labor Day, 8am-6pm, also available are preserves, spreads, syrups and local honey, (closed on Tue.)  2388 W. 1000 N., LaPorte, (closer to New Buffalo, MI) no credit cards, 326-8686. www.blueberriesofindiana.com.
    Blue Sky Blueberry Farm, U-Pick blueberries, open June- Aug., Open 7am-7pm, Hwy. 421, 3 mi. S. of U.S. 30, 15552 S. 1050 W., Wanatah, 733-2416. On Facebook.
     Burek Farms, strawberries, freshest seasonal produce in this area! just added a gift shop 381 E. 400 S., LaPorte, 369-6508 or 393-3747, On Facebook. (Not you-pick).
    Grandma’s Berry Patch, blackberries, gooseberries, raspberries, blackberries, honey, picnic area, restrooms, 9895 W. 1700 S., LaCrosse In, 733-9080 or 671-1889.  www.grandmasberrypatch.com.
     Huber Blueberry Farm, honey, vegetables, you-pick blueberries and raspberries, 4600 West U.S. 6, Union Mills, (219) 405-5756.
     Pavolka Fruit Farm, cherries, blueberries, berries, plums, grapes, pears, apples, and pumpkins, Take 421 south over I-94, pass the stoplight intersection, drive approx 1 mile to 200N, turn left. Stay on 200N for two miles , 1776 N. Wozniak Rd., Michigan City, 219-874-6056 or 219-210-4705. (located on Facebook)
     State Line Blueberries, varieties, jam, honey & maple syrup, 9957 N. Frontage Rd., Michigan City, 874-7721. www.statelineblueberries.com.

    — OTHER COUNTIES —
     Bonnell’s Blueberries, blueberries& honey, east of SR421 on 400 S. then N. on 750 W., North Judson, hours: 7am-7pm, 574-896-5365. No credit cards, www.bonnellsblueberries.com.
      Goin’s Blueberry Lane, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, 3340 S. 750th W., 5 mi. W. of North Judson, on SR 10, 574-896-2283.  On facebook.
      Eenigburg North Berry Farm, 1-1/2 miles East of the Hwy 10 and 231 intersection, Demotte 6721 W. State Rd 10,  DeMotte, 987-2957.  www.indianablueberries.com.
     Evers Farm, blueberries, 8am-6pm Mon. – Sat., 13340 N 700 W., DeMotte, 219-987-2120.
      Fritt’s Berry Farm, blueberries, 7am-6pm Mon-Fri and 7am-5pm Sat,10301 N. St. Rd. 10, DeMotte,  219-987-2228. www.frittsberryfarm.com .
    Kal-Bro Produce & Greenhouse, strawberries and blueberries, flowers, plants for purchase only, 7am-6pm, 1308 N. Hallack, DeMotte, 987-3010. www.kal-brofarms.com
      Luedtke Blueberry Farm, 725 E. 1400 N., Wheatfield, 2 miles north of Wheatfield on Hwy 49, 7 days a week, 7am – 6pm, July – mid Aug. 219-956-3356. www.luedtkeblueberryfarm.com
     Van Kley’s Blueberries, opening June 26th 2018, M-S 7am-6pm, 2666 W. St. Rd. 10, Wheatfield, 956-3687. www.vankleysblueberries.com


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ATTENTION PARENTS:
Northwest Indiana is home to many Family Fun Amusement Parks and Family Entertainment Centers with lots of things to do with kids that make the perfect getaway for the weekend! Most of these venues have indoor arcades. You’ll want to visit Deep River Waterpark in the middle of Northwest Indiana, Inman’s Recreation Center in Valparaiso, Zao Island Amusement Center, Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Fun Park (Schererville); Jaks Warehouse (Indoor Theme Park – Highland); Washington Park Zoo (Michigan City); Barker Mansion Museum (Michigan City) and the Indiana Dunes Lakeshore Parks!   Just to name a few! Every City has a Splash Pad or Public Pool too!

FUN FILLED BOUNCE HOUSES:
     If your kids like bounce house, you’ll find Five FunFlatables locations throughout Northwest Indiana that provide unique, year-round, soft inflatable playgrounds where the whole family can have continuous FUN Jumping, Bouncing, Climbing, Snaking. Click here for more!

INDOOR FUN:
     Mascot Hall of Fame, Zao Island, Inman’s Recreation Center, Jaks Warehouse, Sky Zone, and Crown Point Fun Center, and Zig E’s Funland. All of these centers have arcade games, family games, fun food, and more. Click here for more!

SPLASH PADS:
     Wolf Lake Aquatic Play Center, Wicker Park Memorial Splash Pad, Oasis Splash Pad, Central Park Plaza Splash Pad, Heron Lake Splash Pad, Hub Municipal Pool, Founders Square Splash Pad, Splash Pad at JeorsePark, just to name a few.

Sue Baxter