One of our most anticipated days of the summer season is the return of Blueberries! Many farmers will offer the sweet, succulent crop as we get into high seasons.
Blueberries of Daviess County will be back this week, June 13. Pre-order for best selection. Be sure to list “St. Matthews Farmers Market” in the notes field as your pick-up location.
The Blueberries of Daviess County Farm is is located less than 5 miles from Owensboro at 1401 Hill Bridge Road in Utica, Kentucky. They also offer U-Pick if you are in the area.
The McCormick family began growing blueberries in 2001. As full-time farmers, their corn and soybean farm struggled to be profitable and with the loss of tobacco pounds they decided to try growing blueberries as an alternate crop. They selected 12 varieties which ripen early to late in the season. Each variety has a slight variation in flavor and size. Currently, they have three acres (approx. 2,500 plants) of blueberries.
When purchasing fresh blueberries, look for firm, plump, dry berries with smooth skins and a silvery sheen. Size doesn’t matter, but color does- reddish berries aren’t ripe, but can be used in cooking. Avoid soft or shriveled fruit, or any signs of mold. Containers with juice stains indicate that the fruit may be bruised.
Refrigerate fresh blueberries as soon as you get them home, in their original pack or in a covered bowl or storage container. Wash the berries just before use.
The secret to successful freezing is to use berries that are unwashed and completely dry. Discard berries that look bruised or shriveled. Place the berries in a resealable plastic bag. Or, transfer berries to freezer containers. The berries will freeze individually and you can remove just the portion you need. Remember to rinse them before using.
In addition to their sweet, delectable flavor and visual appeal, blueberries are jam-packed with good nutrition. Blueberries:
- Help guard against cancer
- Fight Infection
- Strengthen eyesight
- Promote urinary tract health
- Improve circulation
- Improve your mind, coordination and balance
- Reverse short-term memory loss
- Reverse the effects of aging
- Fight chronic and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s