Crossroads Blueberry Farm harvests about a dozen different varieties of Michigan blueberries, each ready to be picked at a different time in the season, which begins in July and ends in September (the Michigan blueberry season can vary depending upon weather). Although there are many different varieties of blueberries, there are only a few that are picked by hand and sold for retail in the market and to wholesale buyers. The rest of the varieties are picked by machine and frozen.
The varieties that are hand picked and sold for retail in the market each have their own taste and time that they are ripe. Dukes, Blue Jay, and Blue Crop have a picking season that goes through the month of July. These three varieties are very sweet and can be larger in size. They are great for snacking, fresh fruit salads and other summer treats. Elliotts are the last variety of the season to be sold in the retail store. They finish out the season, being picked through the month of August. Elliotts are ideal for freezing and baking. They are a bit tart in taste but by far have the most flavor for smoothies, blueberry pancakes and baked goods.