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The Suburbanite
  • Berry picking time is quickly passing us by

  • John Wade of Wade’s Fruit Farm in Paris said his blueberries are done and blackberries are close, with one or two weeks left.

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  • John Wade of Wade’s Fruit Farm in Paris said his blueberries are done and blackberries are close, with one or two weeks left.
    “It’s been an excellent season for berries,” he said, noting the wet conditions. “Perfect for berry crops. They are bigger, plumper and extra sweet.”
    Wade’s farm uses organic growing methods, something he thinks has helped him over the years.
    “People want more organic food,” he said. “They want to get out there and pick it themselves.”
    He said when he started in the late 60s it was mostly an older crowd who were looking out for their health. Now, he sees younger and younger people out picking.
    “The newer generations are more worried about their health. More conscious of what they eat.”
    Need some inspiration? Here’s a healthy summertime blackberry recipe.
    Berry Frozen Yogurt
    INGREDIENTS
    3 cups fresh or frozen and partially thawed blackberries, or raspberries or a mixture of blackberries, raspberries and blueberries
    6 tablespoons sugar
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    3⁄4 cup low-fat plain yogurt
    PREPARATION
    1. Combine berries, sugar and lemon juice in a food processor; process until smooth. Add yogurt and pulse until mixed in. If using fresh berries, transfer the mixture to a medium bowl, cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour.
    2. Transfer the berry mixture to an ice cream maker and freeze according to manufacturer's directions. (Alternatively, freeze the mixture in a shallow metal pan until solid, about 6 hours. Break into chunks and process in a food processor until smooth and creamy.) Serve immediately or transfer to a storage container and let harden in the freezer for 1 to 11⁄2 hours. Serve in chilled dishes.
    TIPS & NOTES
    Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 week. Let soften in the refrigerator for 1⁄2 hour before serving. Equipment: Ice cream maker or food processor
    Tip: To freeze fresh berries: Wash berries and pat dry. Spread in a single layer on a tray, cover with plastic wrap and freeze until solid. Pack frozen fruit into ziplock bags, taking care to remove air from the bags. Freeze for up to 1 year.
    Makes: 6 servings, 1⁄2 cup each
    EatingWell.com
     

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