Friday, May 27, 2011

Summer's Going to be Late--and Blueberries too!

As we launch into Memorial Day weekend we've gotten a couple of calls about when fresh blueberries will be ready for picking. 

Good Question.   Late-- which right now means sometime in July for the first blueberries.

Cold, Wet Spring
As anyone who is in Oregon may have noticed, its been a very cold and wet spring.  That means that we've had fewer warm sunny hours to encourage the blueberries to grow.   Our blueberry plants are still in flower this week, with the bees doing their work. The bad news is that that's really late, but the good news is, there are lots of flowers. 

We think its going to be a good, but late crop this year.  Here's wishing for a warmer, but not hot, June, so we can make up a little growing time.

Keep checking in here, or our facebook page   (  to get the status of u-pick and fresh organic blueberries for the farmer's market. In the meantime, we've got great dried organic blueberries, and frozen organic blueberries to satisfy that great blueberry craving.  I'm finding that a blueberry smoothie made very simply with a banana, some juice, some ice and a cup of our frozen blueberries really hits the spot this time of year!  Its a little taste of the summer to come.   Enjoy your memorial day weekend!  Stay dry and warm.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Cranberries: Anti Cancer, Anti Inflammatory Super Foods

Cranberries are Healthy: Anti Cancer, Anti Inflammatory Super Foods
Cranberry health benefits:  you know the anitoxidant benefits of our organic, nutrient dense organic blueberries, but did you know that Cranberries are great sources of fiber and vitamin C, and are used to fight urinary tract infections?  More importantly,  Cranberries have a wide array of phytonutrients.  The these phytonutrients in cranberries have been studied for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties, and in many cases the results have been impressive. Cranberry research has found that isolated phytonutrients in cranberries do not account for the same degree of health benefit as all the phytonutrients taken as a complete, synergistic group- the whole cranberry.