It’s Blueberry Season, Where You Can Pick Your Own! – By: Allie Barone

  • Monday, August 6, 2018
  • Posted by Krisanne Butler in Uncategorized

It seems like the summer brings all the best things, and this includes seasonal Pick Your Own fruits! We live in an area littered with beautiful farms with fruits ripe for the picking. Picking your own fruits is fun, a way to connect with your food, and an excuse for the whole family to get out in the sunshine together! Plan your PYO day to start early, equip yourself with sunscreen, and a big hat, and get excited to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Blueberries are in season now through late August, and we can’t wait to get our hands on them!

 

Blueberries are not only delicious, but each tiny bulb is loaded with nutrition making it the ideal choice to add to your diet. Studies show that blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, help combat inflammation, and boost brain health. If you are looking for ways to get more fiber, Vitamin K, and Vitamin C, enjoy a handful of blueberries every day! Be sure to pick extra blueberries when they are in season and freeze them to last all year long. As with any produce it is important to properly soak and wash your PYO blueberries in order to remove remains of bugs, and chemicals, and to help them stay fresher for longer in the fridge. Put your blueberries in a big bowl of filtered water with a splash of unfiltered, organic Apple Cider Vinegar for at least 20 minutes.

Now that you are home with your hand-picked treasures, how will you find ways to use them all? There are endless ways to use blueberries in your food, and drinks, and it is fun to get creative with them! Nobody would turn down delicious baked goods loaded with fresh blueberries. We love pancakes, donuts, muffins, cakes, cobblers and breads made with this vibrant little fruit. You can add frozen blueberries to your morning smoothie, or use them to decorate yogurt bowls for breakfast. Homemade blueberry ice cream is always a good idea! Make a homemade blueberry vinaigrette to dress your salad with, or try a fresh blueberry mint mojito as a refreshing cocktail that is perfect for summer!

 

Blueberry Mint Mojito Recipe:

Makes One Serving

8-10 Fresh Blueberries

1 Handful Fresh Mint

1 Lime

Ice

100% Pure Maple Syrup (to Taste)

2 oz White Rum

Club Soda

Muddle clean blueberries, mint, and sliced lime in large mixing cup. Add ice, maple syrup, 2 oz of white rum, and shake. Pour mixture into mason jar (you can strain over fresh ice if you prefer), and top with soda water. Garnish with a few blueberries, a lime wedge, and sprig of mint. Enjoy!

Hopefully you find time this season, to enjoy picking. Stay tuned for information about upcoming in-season PYO fruits! Here is a list of a few of our favorite farms for you and your family to visit this picking season.

 

Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury, MA

 

Applecrest Farm, North Hampton, NH

 

Russell Orchards, Ipswich, MA

 

Smolack Farms, North Andover, MA

 

Turkey Hill Farm, Haverhill, MA

 

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