Fresh Florida Blueberry Cheesecake For My Buyers

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams

Florida isn't just about beautiful beaches.  This month in central Florida you can go out and pick fresh blueberries. There is a place on the south side of Lakeland near Bartow called James Farm that has the best blueberries ever!

I emailed the location of the farms  to my previous buyers and sellers with kids to let them know of a low-cost fun daytime activity that actually saves grocery money.  For $12 dollars the family (and the family dog) can forrage for an hour or two between the rows of blueberry plants sampling 4-5 different kinds of as you go.  (I had no clue there were that many types of blueberries) Of course I had to sample each kind a number of times before I could decide which one I wanted to fill my bucket with. I must admit, most of the REALLY REALLY BIG ones (the size of quarters) didn't make it into the bucket. However, I did manage to get one or two of the juciy jewels into my bucket where they later ended up in my breakfast bowl and pie the rest of the week. Good thing I had a few clients to visit this week so I could drop off some of the blueberry cheesecake to them instead of eyeballing it all week in my refrigerator.   

Picking fruit was a nice change of pace from spending hundreds of dollars standing in line at the theme parks....and the spoils of the day end up being delicious treats for the family and to share with friends.  The one bucket I picked filled filled what I think was a gallon Ziplock bag.

What was even more fun was figuring out what to make with them after they were picked. One other trick I learned from a lady I met at the field was to spread them all out flat on a cookie sheet before freezing them so they freeze individually...that way when you bag them back up they do no stick to each other. Pretty cool trick. 

So this week I delivered my "touch point" notes and business cards with a Sweet Treat! Nothing beats a piece of frozen blueberry cheesecake on a Hot FL afternoon!  I know shamless way to get my business cards back into circulation within my sphere but I figured it was a lot better than the usually Hi How Are You Email!

Giving is half the fun of this job anyway.....got to love what you do and make fun where we can! 

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Rainmaker
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Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Hi Stephanie Meyer, Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first blog post. There was a blueberry farm in Yulee Florida where I used to go and pick when I lived on Amelia Island.

Jun 11, 2016 04:26 AM #9
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Carol Williams
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Yum, Stephanie Meyer .  Great local post!   My brother is a blueberry grower in Oregon.  I get all the free berries I can handle.  Yay for me.  I also have 5 bushes of my own.  Thanks for the post.  


Jun 11, 2016 05:04 AM #10
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Robert May
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Hi Stephanie, welcome to Activerain.  There is a ton of great people here to meet and interact with. 

Jun 11, 2016 11:52 AM #11
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Robert May
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Congratulations on getting your first blog post written and posted.  The comments section is where you can usually find the most active members usually.

Jun 11, 2016 11:53 AM #12
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Bob Crane
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A farm full of those blueberries would tempt me to be one of your buyers Stephanie.

Welcome to Active Rain, looking forward to reading many more of your posts, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help as you get started here.
Bob

 

Jun 11, 2016 02:25 PM #13
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Alan Kirkpatrick
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Stephanie Meyer 

You are making me want to move to Florida and buy a home from you. Love blueberry pie. 

Jun 11, 2016 03:56 PM #14
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Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
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Good morning Stephanie and welcome to Active Rain - congratulations on a fantastic first blog post!

Jun 11, 2016 08:37 PM #15
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Gita Bantwal
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Welcome to active rain. This is a nice local post.

Jun 11, 2016 09:59 PM #16
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Dianne Goode
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You had me at "blueberry" -- and with cheesecake is just that much better!  Great first post!

Jun 11, 2016 11:05 PM #17
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Harry F. D'Elia III
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Giving is always a great start when it comes to real estate. That does sound good. FedEx?

Jun 12, 2016 12:19 AM #18
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Will Hamm
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Welcome to the rain and wow what a great first blog.  Remember we all help each other and learn from each other here in the rain.

Jun 12, 2016 12:34 AM #19
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Les & Sarah Oswald
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Oh boy...blueberries. What a great and fantastic opportunity to pick one's very own blueberries. This most definitely will be added to my to-do list. 

Welcome to Activerain. I am certain you will have lots of fun and make lots of connections here. Will you share some of your recipes?

Jun 12, 2016 03:34 AM #20
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Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
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Hello Stephanie

Oh yummy and these pies sound wonderful, I love blueberries! Congrats on your first post to ActiveRain, it looks like you already have a following with these comments and replies ... Welcome

Jun 12, 2016 05:21 AM #22
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Patricia Kennedy
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Stephanie, welcome to ActiveRain!  And how blue are your fingers after all that picking and sampling?  And $12 for a family sounds like a steal!

Jun 12, 2016 05:43 AM #23
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Shirley Coomer
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Welcome to ActiveRain!  This is a great place to share experiences and to learn from other Real Estate professionals.

Jun 12, 2016 02:40 PM #24
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Will Hamm
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Suggestion,  go to Question and answers section for great information from other members.

Jun 13, 2016 01:09 AM #25
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Larry Johnston
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Good afternoon Stephanie Meyer ,  Welcome to Active Rain an congratulations on your first blog.  Those Blueberries sure look good.  I can just imagine them in cheesecake!

Jun 13, 2016 04:45 AM #26
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Sharon Kowitz
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Love some blueberry cheesecake, this is a great local post!

Jun 13, 2016 12:22 PM #27
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Sharon Kowitz
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...Also, welcome to Active Rain and congratulations on your first post!

Jun 13, 2016 12:22 PM #28
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Hi Stephanie! Welcome to the world of Activerain, may your blogging  create a whole new chapter in your Real Estate Career.

Jun 17, 2016 02:21 AM #29
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