What a timely article! I was so distracted during my run yesterday because of all the huge, ripe blackberries down by the river, where I run. I kept stopping to eat! Today on my run, my fiance and I brought a bowl, and picked a few cups. I made some mini tarts in my mini muffin tins, and they are out of this world! Thanks for the extra info on the disease preventing nature of berries!
You can search for a local farm for pick-your-own at this link:
This is actually the link to northern CA, but you can easily navigate the site to find your state/county's local farms.
8/16/2009 8:23:02 AM
I was never a fan of blueberries but knew they were good for me and in season they can be very cheap. I now rinse them and freeze them, my kids and I pop a few in our mouths while frozen...better than a popsicle!
I like berries but I admit I do not buy them because of the cost and because they go bad so fast, usually a lot of them are already bad when you buy them. I have been buying frozen berries in the grocery store and grabbing a handful here and there to snack on frozen. Now I realize that I have no idea if they are washed before they are frozen.
I've always been a strawberry girl but recently tried fresh raspberries and was pleasantly surprised. They're pricier but really taste great and I've even began mixin them into my protein shakes... yummm... next up for me, to conquer the BLUEBERRY... as I've never really given them a chance... unless they were in a muffin. lol Great article.
Had red raspberries on my cereal this morning. Buy lots of blueberries and strawberries too. Just decided I have been economical all of my life and now I am going to enjoy some things for ME, even if they do cost more. Buying them at Sam's Club makes them a little cheaper and they come in big containers so I can share with grandchildren, hubby and family. We all eat lots of fresh fruit salad.
Love berries, but they have become outrageously expensive.
4/15/2009 8:35:09 PM
I buy extra blueberries & strawberries when they are in season, wash them, & freeze on cookie sheets. When frozen, I put them in a freezer bag & use them in smoothies, mix into yogurt or cottage cheese, or put them into other recipes. I slice the straberries before freezing them.
4/15/2009 10:35:03 AM
I am blessed because I have eight blueberry bushes growing in my yard. I also have a beautiful strawberry bed; And blackberries grow in the field beside my house. There are plenty for jellies and jam, to eat fresh and to freeze. So I am very blessed!
2/2/2009 1:01:04 PM
I HAD NO IDEA of all the "berry benefits". Thanks. Blackberries grow wild all around here, so it's a win-win...fresh air & exercise will picking and all the vitamins and yummies when I eat.
2/2/2009 9:57:37 AM
My favorite berries are blueberries and strawberries, but they're even better when frozen with yogurt! Try it, it's an amazing replacement for ice cream in the summer =^.^= Also, cranberry juice can help fight off kidney stones and other kidney problems- cool, huh?
2/2/2009 8:47:36 AM
I love berries, and try to properly clean, and have my family eat immediately. I try to buy locally to receive the benefit of the phytonutrients. This is difficult since the seasons are short. I also have my family drink Jus (a beverage with berries pureed) to receive great health benefits.
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