I could have simply bought blueberries somewhere for my Blueberry Maple Jam. Instead, I seized the moment and headed out to Critz Farms, south of Cazenovia, to pick them fresh. It took about an hour and a half to pick a couple quarts plus a pint -- more than enough for jam (and more for my freezer stash).
It was relatively cool out, with a nice breeze, so I washed the berries the night before and air-dried them in a colander, picking off small stems here and there. I also assembled my gear and tools the night before: jars, lids, rings, pot and small pan so I would be ready to roll first thing in the morning.