27 July 2008

Summer Berries & Cherries

Last year, here in our very own Lane County, we discovered an amazing community of local farmers, who allow regular citizens like myself to go out in their well-loved and cultivated fields, bushes, and orchards and pick fruit and vegetables at a supremely discounted rate. I call this a summer treat extraordinaire.

So last week, moms and kids found themselves among the blueberry bushes of the Adkins Family Farm. I wish I had pictures of the cuties and all the blueberries they shoved in their mouths while picking, but, alas, I forgot my camera. So, pictures of the mouth-watering fruit will have to suffice.

Oh, and the GORGEOUS queen-anne cherries were bought at Me & Moore fruit stand on the drive home from Adkins Family Farm. I drove by the sign for cherries and couldn't resist. Can you see why? That whole big bowl of cherries was only $5!!

***Here are some interesting tidbits I found out about storing blueberries after they're picked:
  • Unwashed blueberries will stay fresh for up to two weeks in the refrigerator if kept dry.
  • Place dry, unwashed, and unsweetened berries in freezing containers or plastic bags. Seal and freeze. The berries will freeze individually and pour out like marbles.
  • When using frozen blueberries in your baking, do not thaw them. Always add them frozen so they will not "bleed" in your baked goods.


TLC said...

Those look delicious! It is so fun to pick your own berries. We picked blueberries one year and froze a lot of them to make blueberry pancakes regualarly for the rest of the year.

Lis said...

I am so jealous of those cherries. I think here they are $8.99/lb on sale at Whole Foods right now.

mindi said...

just bought some blueberries! (at the supermarket :( thanks for the tips!