MA Road Trip: Blueberry High

National Blueberry Festival may be its name, but there's a definite small town and home-grown look and feel to this three-day event in South Haven, Mich. For its 45th annual ode to the blueberry, North America's native fruit, the townsfolk celebrated with all things blueberry -- brownies, turnovers, muffins, cakes, fudge, lemonade, salsa -- and get this -- blueberry sausages with a slathering of blueberry mustard (not half bad, by the way).

Walter Pilditch (pictured left) and Jim Davis pose with their blueberry pies. (Kim O'Donnel)

My blueberriest moment, however, revealed itself not in a bite of something blue but instead in a conversation with two local church volunteers. I had the privilege of meeting United Methodist Men's Club members Walter Pilditch and Jim Davis, who helped bake 250 blueberry pies to help raise money for the group's various charity efforts. Pilditch splits his time between Chicago and South Haven, and Davis, who's been South Haven resident since 1957, is a retired pharmacist who owned a "drug store here in town."

When asked for the recipe, here's how the guys broke it down: "There are six things in it....flour, sugar, cinnamon, lemon, salt...oh yeah, and blueberries!" The blueberries (from South Haven, of course) were donated, as were several hundred boxes of crust mix from Jiffy, located in the neighboring town of Chelsea.

Yours truly saying "why not?" to a blueberry sausage. (J. Shepard)

For ten bucks, I got a generous blue filling center with plenty of cinnamon-y notes, and all I could think was how lucky I was, eating blueberries in the blueberry capital of the world and to have met a coupla old dudes who choose pie over golf.

By Kim ODonnel |  August 11, 2008; 10:24 AM ET MA on the Road , Travel
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Yum, blueberries. hope you had a great weekend Kim!

Posted by: SSMD | August 11, 2008 11:59 AM

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