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Happy National Blueberry Day!


Happy National Blueberry Day! Sometimes it can feel as though there is a holiday for everything. However this is one berry-rific day we can get behind. Is there anything more quintessential PNW summer that going berry picking, and then making some delicious creation with your bounty? This is why this week's blog is devoted to the blueberry! Read on to find out where to pick them, and what to do with all those blueberries afterwards!


Living in Western Washington, we are blessed with an abundance of local farms. Below are the top 5 local farms to get those delicious blueberries! Some even have a "u-pick" option, which we think adds a layer of fun! Be sure to check with the farm before heading out!


  1. Linbo Blueberry Farm: (1201 South Fruitland Puyallup WA 98371) Lindo features over 3 acres of 20 different blueberry varieties in a u-pick setting.

  2. Blue Dot Farm: (21010 SE 416th St Enumclaw WA) Blue Dot is a u-pick farm in a gorgeous setting. Appointments required to pick.

  3. Rusty Plow: (23206 SE 448th St. Enumclaw WA) Rusty Plow is a u-pick farm located in the foothills of Mt Rainier.

  4. Hylebos Blueberry Farm: (630 S 356th St Federal Way, WA 98003) Hylebos has over 2000 bushes at this u-pick farm

  5. Canter-berry Farms: (19102 SE Green Valley Rd. Auburn WA 98092) Canter-berry (we love the name by the way) is a smaller farm, that's big on taste! They aren't open yet, but expected to be by late July.


After you have returned from your farm adventure, what should you do with all of those delicious blueberries (besides eat them of course)!?


  1. Freeze 'em! Simply place the *unwashed* blueberries in a single layer on a baking sheet in the freezer overnight. Then place the frozen blueberries in a freezer gallon bag. They will be the perfect ingredient for a smoothie! You can also de-frost them in the freezer. Just be sure to wash them first!

  2. Pancakes! Those fresh blueberries are the perfect ingredient in those weekend pancakes!

  3. Top 'em off! Add those blueberries to your yogurt or vanilla ice cream. They are the perfect tart topping to the sweet dairy!

  4. Make blueberry cobbler! This recipe is courtesy of All Recipes and is sure to be a delicious one!



Ingredients

  • 3 cups fresh blueberries

  • ⅓ cup orange juice

  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

  • ⅔ cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 pinch salt

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 1 egg

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Mix blueberries, orange juice, and 3 tablespoons sugar in an 8-inch square baking dish.

  3. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl.

  4. Cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually add flour mixture, stirring just until ingredients are combined.

  5. Drop spoonfuls of batter over the blueberry mixture, covering as much filling as possible.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until topping is golden brown and filling bubbles, 35 to 40 minutes.




Let us know how you enjoy picking and baking with those delicious local berries! Enjoy!




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