It is June and berry picking on the Farm Trail is in full swing! All this month, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are in season in Virginia. To find a full listing of berry farms go the the Meet the Locals page of our website and keyword search “berries” or “berry”. You can also filter by the “Pick your Own” category. Now that the kids are out of school for the summer, this is the perfect day outing! It is always a good idea to call ahead to the farm however, to make sure there are plenty of berries to be had. Some years they go faster than others. In addition, most of our farm to table groceries and farmers markets carry a variety of locally grown berries if picking your own is not your thing.
Farm fresh berries are not only a delicious summer treat, they are healthy too! Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, called anthocyanins, that may help keep memory sharp as you age, and raspberries contain ellagic acid, a compound with anti-cancer properties. All berries are great sources of fiber, a nutrient important for a healthy digestive system.
Berries are also versatile as they can be eaten alone in all their glory, or as an addition to waffles, oatmeal, or salads. They also make great desserts, jams, jellies, and popsicles. Hello summer!
For a refreshing mixed berry popsicle recipe, click here.