Whew! Looks like it's finally cooling down!
We're still happily picking in the front field this week. Reka is hanging on amazingly- such a good, hardy berry that's awesome in every way.
Hardy Blue's are sweeter than ever. If you are planning on firing up your oven at all this week, I'd drop by and pick a flat of Hardy Blues. They are unbeatable in pies, muffins, and breads- sweet, compact, strong blueberry flavor.
The Blue Gold plants are a little haggard looking, but man are they delicious. Get these guys before they get picked out. So many people favor the complex flavor and crunch of the Blue Gold.
The back field still isn't *quite* ready to open. I know many of you are waiting for the Liberty and Legacy to open, but we want to make sure they are perfect for you.
PLUS.... I wanted to take a moment to defend the "small fruit" of Hardy Blue and Reka. So many people ask "When will the BIG ONES be ready!?!" I know it's exciting to see those quarter size berries in the palm of your hand, I love them too. And, truly, they are my husband's favorite. Big food is fun, they're silly and amazing, for sure. That said, my money is on the small fruit. They're closer in characteristic to their wild, low bush cousins- compact, dense, with strong BLUE flavor. They're much better for baking, drying and making jam. The big guys are great for popping in your mouth by the handful, but don't count the little guys out! The big ones tend to get freezer burn due to their high water content, and make giant holes in your muffins (which apparently some people love... cough cough... you know who you are... )
So don't pass over the Hardy Blues! They're super good, and good for you! Try them in this awesome recipe shared with me by one of my favorite farmers, Grey Horton of Morgan's Landing Farm. (You should go check them out! Morgan's Landing Farm on Facebook.
Alton Brown's Frozen Blueberry Pie
Pie! The easy way! A frozen blueberry pie recipe to stretch those summer flavors all year round! I haven't tried this one yet, but let me know what you think!!!