B is for Berries
I’m nuts for berries: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and even the non-berry strawberries. Right now as I type I’m drinking a yogurt mixed berry smoothie that my daughter, Boobear, made in the Vitamix.
Berry season is starting. Farmer’s market season is upon us. For me that’s a bit like heaven on earth. During berry season, I bring home at least 1 flat (usually 2 or 3) every time I go to the Farmer’s market. And you know what? That doesn’t seem to be enough. We go to the market on pay day weekends. So that means only every other weekend. I always have the intention of freezing some of the berries or making jam but usually we end up just eating them.
Oh I don’t mean just eating them by the handful. We do plenty of that as well. But home made muffins with fresh raspberries or blueberries along with some yogurt is a wonderful breakfast. Blackberry cobbler or blackberry crisp? yes please. And then of course there are things like raspberries in heavy cream or strawberry shortcake. Or fresh berries on top of pancakes or waffles or even in the pancakes or waffles.
I do buy a giant bags of frozen mixed berries and giant bags of frozen strawberries from Costco during the winter but as tasty as though are it just isn’t the same as sweet berries that were picked fresh that morning and brought to the farmer’s market.
I look out my window and I see wild blackberry bushes. One year we had quite a picking from our own yard. I wonder if we’ll get any this year. That would be lovely.
I can’t decide which berry is my favorite. Do you have a favorite berry? Do you have a favorite berry recipe?
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