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Blueberry Festival

The Blueberry Festival in Greenville South Carolina is a wonderful family activity.  This event is hosted at the Roper Mountain Science Center on the second Saturday in July.

Instead of taking the bus after parking the car, we opted for the long hike!  Good for us you know, to get out and walk.  We live an hour’s drive away so it felt good to walk after riding in the car for the past hour.  But they do offer a shuttle service if you want to use it.  This is a huge campus to walk, check out this map and you will see what I mean.


During the festival, venders were available on site selling fresh blueberries, blueberry plants, and various blueberry theamed items. There were also lots of learning opportunities for the kids to learn more about blueberries, science, and history in the various science buildings and outside in the Living History Farm.  More about these adventures will be posted in part 2.

All of the blueberry plants for sale were loaded with sweet juicy berries.  I love to show the children the plants that produce our food.  This was a good opportunity to see the plants up close.  I only wish I had an unlimited supply of funds to buy lots of these wonderful plants and bring them home and plant them in our yard!  Plants that provide nourishing food year after year in your own yard is a win win situation!

At the festival we met lots of venders with fresh picked blueberries for sale.  Some of these venders we have met in previous years at the festival and some were new this year.   You could find ripe juicy blueberries for sale by the pint basket, half gallon basket, and gallon bucket.

Gentry Farms had huge gallon buckets for sale of fresh berries. 

Marvelous Pies had fresh baked and unbaked pies for sale.  We bought one last year and it was delicious.  We were really hoping she would be here again this year.  Sure enough, she was here with lots of marvelous blueberry pies! 


Several venders offer free samples of blueberries and various products made with blueberries.  My children were happy to assist in sampling the blueberries!

Happy Berry Farms had fresh blueberries and several flavors of jams on hand.


One of our favorite bakeries was here again this year.  Great Harvest Bakery seems to have just about anything your hearts desires when it comes to baked goods.  They are so fresh and delicious. 


Last year we had purchased blueberry lemon bread and we were hoping they would be here again with this vender would be here again with their delicious breads.  Yes indeed!  They had way too many breads, muffins, scones, and deserts to choose from.


Check out this video about Great Harvest Bakery in Greenville South Carolina.

You can pick anything you want to sample, and believe me, a sample is a huge slice of heaven on earth!  They are not stingy when it comes to samples.  And you are welcome to have more than one.  We tried cinnamon breakfast bread with butter and with blueberry jam!  Oooh it is so good!


Blueberry swirl bread, spread with more blueberry jam was delicious too.


Whole Foods also had a delicious cooking workshop, and fresh locally grown South Carolina organic blueberries and homemade blueberry sausage balls and South Carolina grown maple syrup for dipping.  YUM!


There were more venders selling ice cream, homemade soaps, lotions, fresh honey, and various other items.  They also host venders selling fresh locally raised organic and grass fed meats too.  


Bluegrass music played through out the festival.  

Living History Farm

We love visiting the farm at RMSC.  It is alive with characters in costumes re-enacting life from the past.  Most of the farm portrays what life was like in the 1800’s.

We enjoyed walking into each of the historic log cabins and learning how people lived 200 years or so ago, what toys they played with, how they ate, cooked, hunted, gardened, read, built, slept, and so on. 


There really is a lot to see and do.  It is a wonderful family adventure!

I will post more about the Blueberry Festival in a future post and link Part 2 back here.  If you are near Greenville South Carolina during the 2 weekend of July, be sure to spend your Saturday morning over at Roper Mountain Science Center

If you would like to check out more family adventures our family has enjoyed at RMSC, please read the posts listed here.

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Blueberry Festival at Roper Mt Science Museum

The Blueberry Festival at Roper Mountain Science Museum in Greenville, South Carolina is a great family event.

If you have never been, I highly recommend you put this on your “things to do” for next summer!

There was so much to see and learn, that we could only do about half of the activities offered.

Besides loads of activities and learning adventures, there were lots of venders at this event selling their fresh blueberries, jams, pies, honey, beef, chicken, blueberry plants, crafts, and more.  I have included a few of the venders and links to their businesses in this story.


The Happy Berry is located in Six Mile, SC .   Here is the link to their website

We loved the sweet flavor of their blueberries.  They offer a “pick your own” option at the farm for $2.50 a pound.  And we definitely plan to make a trip out to their blueberry farm and go picking this summer.  They had containers of blueberries today for $6, $12, and $22.  They also had fresh picked green beans, and jams and jellies for sale at the festival today.

The Hardy Berry was bright and cheery with their smiles and beautiful sunflowers.  Here is a link to their website

They also were selling fresh berries and jams at today’s event.  They will be hosting a Kids Festival at their farm for September and October and invited all the families to come.  They will have tons of fun stuff to do during their special event this fall.

They shared free blueberry samples with everyone.  Here is my six year old tasting a sample of their berries.

Just look at all that EYE CANDY!  Aren’t these baskets full of berries just beautiful?

I didn’t catch the name of the gal who baked these, but she obviously worked very hard.  She told us she baked dozens of these pies the day before the festival and brought huge coolers full to sell at her booth.   She sold out of pies several hours before the festival was over.  She let people buy them in advance, and then she kept them cool for them while they finished touring the festival.  Then before leaving, the folks would stop back by to pick up their pie to take home.  I just thought that extra service she was willing to do for folks really said allot.

My 11 year old son begged for us to buy a pie to take home.  So we did, and we can’t wait to dig in to it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream tonight for a special treat!

Meet The Great Harvest Bakery from Woodruff Road, Greenville, South Carolina.  Here is a link to their website

They grind their own fresh flour for the baked products they make.  WOW!  I was so impressed.  They gave away huge slices of whatever you wanted.  Want to try two?  No Problem!  They had huge lines of people lined up to try samples and another huge line of folks wanting to buy products.

We tried samples of lemon blueberry frosted loaf, blueberry scones, and whole wheat bread with blueberry jam.  These were full size portions, not small samples.  I could not believe how generous they were. 

They also had several different breads, muffins, pastries, etc.  Way to many to mention all the varieties.  Everything tasted like it had just come out of the oven.  Everything tasted nutrient dense too, not like fluffy stuff from the grocery store.  No this was full flavored, full textured and absolutely delicious. 

We bought a beautiful loaf of whole wheat bread, and the lemon blueberry bread for breakfast this week. 

I also met, but forgot to get a picture, of the only organic blueberry farm in South Carolina who sells their products exclusively to Whole Foods.  They had large tasty berries to sample too.  They told me they have two farms, one in Marrietta, and one in Salem.

Living History Farm

Meet Amanda and Amanda from the Living History Farm.  They were sharing slices of watermelon with all the visitors.

My kids were all to happy to share a sweet refreshing slice of watermelon on this very warm sunny day.

They savored every bite!

After finishing the watermelon slices, the Amandas’ told the kids to participate in a watermelon rind throwing contest.  The goal was to see who could throw their rind the farthest over the fence into the cow pasture.

In this historic log cabin, these ladies were making blueberry preserves and lathering it on slices of fresh bread, and enjoying it with mugs of fresh milk.  They explained the process of picking the berries and making the preserves.  High in vitamins, this special jam, or preserves, helped many people stay healthy through the year, especially during the winter when the body needs more vitamin C from the diet.

Here is the spot they cook everything in this log cabin.  They had just made their preserves when we arrived.  Last month when we visited, they made potat
oes, onions, and herbs in this fireplace and gave samples for the children to eat.   They cook a lot of food for the Living Farm in this kitchen.  We have seen several staff at the farm enjoying meals that were prepared in here.

On this next fire outside, the Slow Food of Upstate South Carolina was demonstrating a traditional food made by the Native American Indians and shared with the pilgrims and other foreigners when they first came and settled in the North East. 


Corn meal
Cream (or water)
Honey or Maple Syrup (just a little of one or the other)

Cook this mixture slowly over a low heat until the cornmeal is done.  Enjoy like porridge or oatmeal.  This recipe was found in a few of the journals of the late 1600’s.  They also believe this was brought by the Native Americans to the first Thanksgiving and shared with the pilgrims.  They suggested this dish would be good today as a breakfast, and as a side dish for a dinner meal with meat such as turkey.

It was very tasty and not to sweet. 

Another food the Native Americans made with blueberries was PEMMICAN.   This is fun to make and I have made it several times.  They basically dried the berries and dried buffalo meat.  Then pound the two together in a mortar and pedestal.  Add a little fat to this, and it keeps forever. 

Pemmican is a “super food” and is very nutrient dense.  It is full of protein and vitamin C plus other nutrients, and kept the Natives strong and healthy on their journies and throughout the winter months.  The version I like the best is meat (either beef, buffalo, or deer) ground fresh before drying, and mixed with dried ground berries, sea salt and spices of choice, then formed into strips before drying.  After drying it resembles beef jerky strips, except it has dried fruit mixed in.  I especially like it mixed with dried cherries.

This woman is dying garments and yarns with indigo, and others with blueberries to make different colors for clothing and belts.

After she dyes the items, she hangs them up to dry.  Here is a blouse she died with indigo, and a belt she dyed with blueberries.

In the Herb Garden, a volunteer was demonstrating making bow ties with Lambs Ear.  The kids thought this was really something.  Lambs Ear feels soft and just like a real animal’s ear. 

The Herb Garden was really special.  It was an overwhelming sensory experience.  The garden is surrounded by a picket fence.  Then inside the garden is a series of circles or rings that encircle the whole garden.  Each ring gets a little smaller as you walk to the center where there is a lovely stone well full of ice cold spring water.  As you pass each ring, a new aroma hits your nose and brain and it is a very amazing and lively place to sit and take a rest and enjoy the amazing smells.

There was so much more to see today at the Living History Farm including farm animals, woodworking, black smith, crafts (the kids could make their own blueberry baskets), learn about milking a cow, and more.  There are lots of cabins to visit and see the period life.  There was a cabin full of period games for children to play too.   It is hard to pull my kids from this special cabin.

You could really get a feel for how the people lived two hundred years ago, how they ate, slept, gardened, worked, hunted, spent their free time, etc.

Animal Science

One of the animals the children learned about today was the Brown Bear.  The brown bear loves to eat blueberries and many other wild berries.  Besides learning about his diet, the kids got to see a pile of bear poop too.  They thought that was gross, but cool too.

The Roper Mountain Science Museum is really a huge campus of lots of museums (nature, geological and mineral, prehistoric, animal science, marine science, insects, reptiles, human body, technology, etc), several gardens, living history farm, and a planetarium. 

There is way to much to mention all we did in this story, so I just showed you the Blueberry activities.  The rest of what we did today will be going into a story labeled Roper Mountain Science Museum.  Last month, I also wrote a story about the NASA Celebration they hosted.  Please stop by and check out the other stories about this wonderful place for families to go and do learning adventures. 


Here are some of the delicious items we brought home with us from the Blueberry Festival:


Blueberry Pie

Great Harvest Fresh Baked Bread

Frosted Lemon Blueberry Loaf

Which we enjoyed for breakfast the next morning!  This was so delicious with glasses of fresh raw milk and mugs of warm mocha lattes.  YUMMY!!!

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Blueberry Links

If you would like to know more about Blueberries and do some fun science with them and your kids, here are a few links to help you learn more:

Blueberry Mini Unit Study

Blueberry Lesson Plans, Unit Studies, Lapbooks, and Activities

The Quilt Makers Gift Unit Study and Lapbook

Blueberries For Sal Unit Study

Blueberries For Sal Lesson Plan

Blueberries For Sal Lapbook

Example #1 of a homeschool family’s completed Blueberries For Sal Lapbook

Example #2 of a homeschool family’s completed Blueberries For Sal Lapbook

Blueberry Science and FACTS

Juice Density Science Experiment

Make a natural dye with blueberries science experiment

Natural Dye Lesson Plans

Blueberry Dye Recipe

Blueberry Science and Facts

More Blueberry Science and Facts

Online Blueberry Science and Math Game: Blueberry Challenge

Blueberries and Health

May shrink tumors

Mexican blueberries may be more potent than us blueberries.

May improve memory

May help build strong bones

May lower cholesterol

How To Grow Blueberries


Blueberry Coconut Smoothie Video

Blueberry Smoothie

95 Calorie Blueberry Smoothie Video

White Custard and Berry Tart

Blueberry Zucchini Bread

Grandma’s Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Muffins

LOTS more Blueberry Recipes

Blueberry Coloring Pages and Crafts

Basket of Blueberries

Blueberries on the plant

A bee and blueberry plant

Paper craft of a blueberry pie

Paper craft of a blueberry basket

Blueberry Cork Stamp Craft

Blueberry Milk Paint

Don’t forget that July is National Blueberry Month.  Be sure to include some blueberry fun with your kids this month.

How do you enjoy your blueberries?  Leave us a comment, thanks!

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NASA Celebration

Today we attended the NASA Celebration at the Roper Mountain Science Museum in Greenville, South Carolina.

Each month, the Roper Mountain Science Museum has a special focus on the second Saturday of the month.  This time, it was learning about Space Exploration and NASA.

The kids were so excited to talk to the NASA Representative about space suits, space food, and how the astronaut stays healthy when up in space with zero gravity for six months at a time.  If they did not eat well, exercise, and maintain their temperature, they would could die or come back to earth severly debilitated.  They have to maintain very good physical condition to fly space missions in outer space.

The food was dehydrated in small packets and the children thought this was really gross.  The food did not look yummy at all.   The drink pouches were empty except for a small amount of dried flavoring.  They hook up the spout to a water source on the space ship and fill their drink.   The fella from NASA explained that they still needed to eat a balanced diet and the astronauts are allowed to choose their dehydrated food as long as it remains balanced. 

Their dried food packets are velcro onto to a meal tray so they don’t float around.

The children were able to try on a glove and a helmet from an astronaut suit.  The suits the astronauts wear are made of many different layers to protect the astronaut and keep him or her warm.  It is extremely thick.  One thing NASA is doing for the future is to have mechanical human like robots to be the astronauts and make the repairs and explorations needed outside of the space ship, as it is so cold and dangerous for humans. 

Then we went inside the NASA trailer and it was set up with dozens of video screens with information about different aspects of space exploration. 

Some of the areas discussed were:
Materials of Space Suits and Space Vehicles

And a real moon rock.  This rock came from  the moon.  It is one of only 8 specimens in the world on display for the public to view.  The children were able to touch and learn about the rock.

The highlight for us was talking to a NASA Representative inside the trailer.  Right off the bat, we had some things in common.  He was from Bloomington, Indiana. We were from Indiana too. 

He had attended Perdue University in Indiana, and completed a mechanical engineering degree.  He did an internship on campus that was sponsored by NASA.  When he was done with his studies and earned his degree, NASA hired him and moved him to Houston Texas to work for them.    WOW!

We talked with him about so much that I can’t even tell you all of it.  One serious subject was what course of study or specialization NASA was looking for in employees, and he said “all fields of engineering”.  To build, fly, and maintain space craft and work with the dynamics of space exploration, all fields of engineering are necessary to make it possible to do this. 

It was a very productive discussion for this 11 year old, who is ready to fly a space craft into space!  Hope he can wait a few more years yet.

The kids left here today with a bag full of NASA goodies, and a whole new appreciation for space exploration.

There was much more to see and do at the Roper Mountain Science Museum today, and I will write another post with a link HERE as I get the story written. 

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