It’s Berry Season!

Happy berry season!  I’m just back from picking more than 5 lbs. of blueberries at my local patch and what a crop!  The bushes are loaded with large, perfectly ripe and ready-to-eat globes of purpley-blue bliss.  This is the most abundance I’ve seen in this field throughout the 5 years I’ve been picking there.

Why do I pick berries when I could easily go buy them?  The reasons are many, but here are my top 5:

  • Freshness and quality.  The only fresher version is off the bushes in my yard (whose production level is not quite up to how much I eat each year.)
  • It’s fun!  It takes me back to my first food related job: picking berries with my cousins.  Memories and stories galore from those years, not to mention the experience of working for a crew boss!
  • I am supporting a local farmer, my community and ‘voting’ for sustainability with my purchase.
  • The planet benefits: no food transport costs or packaging.
  • Being outside gathering Mother Earth’s bounty reinforces living in rhythm with the seasons and partaking in what is provided for my sustenance right where I live.

I’ll pick over 10 lbs. of blueberries to eat over the next year in smoothies & muffins because I love their nutritional bang and health-giving goodies:Bowl of Blues

  • Superior antioxidant levels that support immune health
  • Low glycemic index: help regulate blood sugar*
  • High in Vitamin C and fiber
  • Compounds that help protect against UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections)
  • Polyphenols protect the brain from inflammation & oxidative stress which may, in turn, defend against degenerative effects from aging, stroke and Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s disease.

*(A blueberry grower I spoke with was diagnosed as borderline diabetic.  Her doctor said the next time she saw her, they’d be prescribing insulin unless something magically shifted.  The woman began eating 1 cup of blueberries each day and her blood sugar levels evened out so well that she has been out of the diabetic zone for several years!)

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4 Responses to “It’s Berry Season!”

  1. Tory Thompson

    Blueberries are one of my breakfast staples. Blueberries, soymilk, almond meal and chia seeds blended in a smoothie. I am good to go all morning. Quick, easy and fills me full of good things that are good tasting.

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