Blueberries are New Jersey’s official state fruit. Every year Terhune Orchards kicks off summer with the Blueberry Bash. On Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the farm will hold a weekend-long party to celebrate these plump and juicy berries. Enjoy a day of family fun including live music, farm fresh food, and a visit to the pick-your-own blueberry patch. Live country music bands will play on both days from noon to 4 p.m. — on Saturday, Stonybrook Bluegrass and on Sunday, Barncats.

Children will delight in a puppet show presented by Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre both days at noon and 1:30 p.m. There are also games in the barnyard, tractor-drawn wagon rides through the orchards and fields, pony rides, face painting, pedal tractors, and lots more to explore. Stop by the barnyard to see the bunnies that are the farm’s newest residents and all of the other animals who live on the farm.

Enter the annual Blueberry Bash Bake-off competition on Sunday, July 9, at 1 p.m. The not-so-secret ingredient in all the entries is blueberries, of course! Winners receive a gift certificate for the Terhune Orchards farm store. Find the contest rules and registration form in the farm store or on the Blueberry Bash event page online at terhuneorchards.com/event/blueberry-bash.

Having so much fun can make you hungry. Stop by Pam’s Blueberry Bash Buffet for lunch. Farm fresh food such as barbecued chicken, grilled corn on the cob, and blueberry muffins are on the menu.

The winery barn will be open and pouring our award winning red, white, and fruit-based wines by the glass or sampling flights. Celebrate the day with a glass of Harvest Blues, a fruity blend of blueberries and apple wine that is made from Terhune Orchards’ own apple cider. Harvest Blues is the winner of the Governor’s Cup in the 2017 New Jersey Wine Competition, which is organized for the Garden State Wine Growers Association.

Before you head home, stop into the farm store for a cool drink. Bring home pints of fresh berries, blueberry salsa, jam, and freshly baked delights from Terhune Orchards’ bakery such as blueberry cobbler and blueberry apple crisp.

Admission to Blueberry Bash is $8, age 3 and up. Free parking and access to farm store and winery. Admission fee includes wagon rides, pedal tractors, barnyard of animals, music, play tractors, puppet shows, and children games. (Additional activities available for a fee). Blueberry picking available as supplies last.

Terhune Orchards, 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton. www.terhuneorchards.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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