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Monday, June 01 2015

     When I think about the summers of my childhood, I think of long days and warm nights, bicycle rides to the lake, time at my family’s cabin, and fresh berries. My family’s cabin was surrounded by raspberry plants taller than my younger brother or I. We feasted on the small, sweet fruits all day, running around with stained fingers and berry moustaches. Most of you make the same association between a successful summer and berry consumption. 

    Berries are a summer staple, and here at Farm Fresh Market we are delighted to be entering berry season and supplying you with the plump, juicy, organic fruits of summer. Both strawberries and blueberries make “the Dirty Dozen” list of foods that, when conventionally grown, frequently contain pesticide residues. So, if your budget only allows for some organic food, make sure berries are on that list! 
     Strawberries are a member of the rose family and are the only fruit to have their seeds on the outside. Strawberries are in season now and are delicious on their own, on spinach salad, over cereal, or perhaps on top of a bowl of Chocolate Coconut Bliss. One cup of raw strawberries contains 150% the average daily value of Vitamin C and snacking on berries is a great way to stay hydrated, so eat up!
 
     Blueberries are one of only a handful of fruits native to North America, and were an important food and medicine to many North American Tribes. This all American favorite is high in Vitamins C, K, and manganese, and a leader in antioxidant content. They are a perfect way to celebrate summer!  

    Summer is the perfect time for relaxation, enjoying nature, and preparing wonderful summer meals to savor with our friends, families, pets, and of course, to enjoy our favorite berries! Ring in summer right by adding berries to your fruit salad, dessert, or a green salad!

 

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