The food industry that we’ve become so heavily reliant upon is very much an illusion. We have access to fruits, vegetables and grains that are indigenous to countries around the world and we have the luxury of incorporating them into our culinary adventures when they’re not in season here. Oftentimes, taste and quality suffer (except for certain foods like bananas- they are consistently good and they transport really well). It’s this accessibility that clouds the reality that every fruit and vegetable has a season, a specific time with ideal circumstances in which to grow and to harvest.
I’m not trying to be preach-y (though I do hope to utilize this platform to highlight a more sustainable approach to eating). Rather, I mean to justify the overwhelming supply of blueberries I’ve purchased over the past month and a half which is why there will be a series of blog posts highlighting this “superfood” (this is merely a marketing term to create a hullabaloo and catalyze our buying habits, I’ve recently learned, but you cannot deny the health benefits of this fruit).
So seasons are short, we’ve just established, and blueberries are delicious. Therefore, it is paramount to take advantage of local produce at the height of its freshness (reference my crepe post which highlights a missed opportunity to harvest strawberries). Now I’m originally from New Jersey, the “Garden State” (refrain from laughter, I swear we’re not all Jersey shore types and there is more farmland than oil refineries), but I’ve really embraced the beautiful state of Maryland (minus the high taxes). It offers the beach, the mountains, some “charming” cities and has a penchant for agriculture.
I was able to spend a few afternoons of my weekends picking copious amounts of blueberries at Glade Link Farms. I even enlisted the help of my stepson (gotta grab those bonding moments when you can especially when we’re talking about a 13 year old!). And when you pick more than you can eat, you have to track down recipes to make with them. Besides eating them by the handful, tossing them in my cereal with almond milk and making baked oatmeal, I’ve been busy in the kitchen. Needless to say, I totally took advantage of blueberry season this year!