U- pick season is upon us and is grooving along in full force here in Oregon. As the organic markets stock up on local goodies I like to hit the farms and enjoy the fruit gathering experience first hand. There is something totally rewarding about harvesting your own produce, even if you aren’t growing it all yourself. Growing your own garden of course takes it to another level, but it feels good to support local farmers as well. I’ve been scoping the scene around town for some good u-pick farms, and yesterday decided to go and try one out. We went with blueberries in mind in particular but ended up with a variety of heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, and purple onions, all organic. While the tomatoes did have me pretty excited, I’ll admit the blueberries stole the show.
Blueberries are just about perfect in my eyes. They are easy to pick since the bushes are upright and not too tall, they travel well and don’t get moldy quickly, their flavor is just the right amount of sweet with a hint of tartness, and their antioxidant levels of course are off the charts.
Now for the good stuff. The recipe that i’ve included is one that I whip up whenever I want to share a healthy dessert that everyone, and I mean everyone, will thoroughly enjoy. It is very quick to make and doesn’t require many ingredients at all. You can modify it very easily too depending on what yummy fruit you’ve picked up at the farm. It would work with any sort of berries, and fresh peaches or nectarines would be amazing as well.