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Bring on the Berries!

Bring on the Berries!

It’s true, in the northeast we have 4 seasons; fall, winter, spring … and berry season. While we live in a time where it’s relatively easy to import produce from warmer states and countries, there is nothing like the taste of fresh, local berries in the summer.

The key players here are strawberries, a fairly short 3-4 week season in June; blackberries and raspberries, with varieties that peak both in July and September; and blueberries, ready throughout the month of August and into September.

In woodlands and fields, it is still possible to find the wild versions of these tasty berries, but many farmers grow acres of them and they are easy to find at farmers' markets and grocery stores, and fairly inexpensive when in-season. So what do you do with this abundance of fruit? You can always just pop them in your mouth straight off the bush, but here are some recipes if you’d like to get a little creative!

Strawberry Coffee Cake Muffins (from Yummiest Food)

Strawberry Hummus (from The Organic Dietician)

Berry-Stuffed FrenchToast (from Taste of Home)

Blackberry Lime Cake (from The Cake Blog)

Blueberry Ice Cream (from Taste of Home)

Blueberry Scones (from Sally’s Baking Addiction)

Shelley Nicholson

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