Sue Dauphin leads the women in District 1 on the Florida Farm Bureau State Women’s Committee. Dauphin resides in Panama City with her husband of 54 years, Mildon. Together, the couple operates a U-Pick blueberry farm, Dauphin Farms.
“Our season usually begins in June and ends in mid-August,” she said. “Summer school and home-school students often visit as well as other groups. We provide refreshments to the visitors and encourage them to bring a picnic lunch that they can enjoy under the oak and pine trees.”
Originally from Alabama, Dauphin moved to Florida when she was in the 6th grade. Her father worked in forestry and the family always had a garden and grew corn for their hogs. “I remember pulling up carrots as a young girl,” she said.
Dauphin married her husband in 1964 and had a son. Today, their pride and joy is their grandson, Jackson. She retired from Sears in 2005 after working 43 years as an assistant store manager and has two loving cats, Ash and Dillon.
In addition to her service on the state committee, Dauphin also serves on her local Bay County Women’s Committee as chair. She works on projects with UF/IFAS and volunteers in her local elementary school and community retirement center.
“I donate kitchen utensils, canning supplies and fresh herbs to UF/IFAS that are used in different projects year-round,” she said. “I also love to volunteer in the food canning and freezing classes.”
In her spare time, Dauphin enjoys reading modern and classic mystery novels and one of her favorite authors is Victoria Thompson. Dauphin encourages Bay County Farm Bureau members and non-members to attend the county’s annual meeting held each year in the early fall.
“Our annual meeting is held at Hiland Park Baptist Church and we usually have around 180-200 people attend,” she mentioned. “It’s a wonderful get-together with great food and fellowship.”
Dauphin encourages women in her community to join their local Farm Bureau women’s committee and says that, “If you have an interest in agriculture, meeting new people and learning something new from other women across the state, then this group is for you.”
Dauphin shared with us her favorite recipe, Blueberry Cobbler.
1 stick butter
1 tsp. lemon juice
4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup self-rising flour
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
½ cup milk
PREPARATION – Filling
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place butter in an 8 X 8-inch-square glass baking dish (use glass only) and melt the butter in the microwave. In a mixing bowl, combine lemon juice and blueberries. Add the sugar and mix well. Add the blueberry mixture to the baking dish with the melted butter. Do Not Stir!
PREPARATION – TOPPING
Combine all of the topping ingredients in a small bowl. Pour this mixture over the blueberries and bake 45 minutes or until brown. Let rest for 15-20 minutes, serve with ice cream or whipped cream.
Baker’s Alternative Tip:
I use an 8 X 11 glass baking dish because I like thinner cobblers. By doing this, I bake about 30 minutes or until top is brown. I have also used frozen berries. I do reduce the sugar to ¾ cup in both the topping and filling (depending on the sweetness of your berries). I use very sweet blueberries. I put my butter in the dish in the oven to melt while I mix the other ingredients (I don’t microwave). Enjoy!