Berries are a little bit sweeter when you go out and pick them yourself. We spent a day at the berry farm climbing cherry trees & filling baskets with blueberries and raspberries.
Year after year we take them to these orchards and keep their hands in the dirt in our own garden so they know that our food doesn’t just magically appear on the supermarket shelves or in our home for us to enjoy, it is grown & harvested with real sweat, love, patience, and hard work. So they see our food and our farmers with more reverence, with more gratitude.
We try to be very intentional about eating seasonally & sourcing locally. It’s a great way to love on our planet and provide our family with more fresh, clean food sources. Every time we can harvest our own food or support a local farmer we are relying less and less on the store bought products that can make our bodies so unwell. Good clean food is a privilege – one that far too many don’t have access to and every day I’m grateful for our little bit of land to grow on in a little farm town where the people are friendly and so willing to share their bounty with the community.
Coming home with baskets of fresh berries is always a treat. I always feel inspired to head to the kitchen and whip up something delicious for us all to enjoy. Nothing beats open windows, a cool summer breeze, and the sweet smell of berries simmering in a pot on the stove. Making jams, sauces, gallettes, and everything in between until every last berry has been used up. Our favorite lately has been a thick berry sauce that we love spooning over yogurt & coconut ice cream for a cool seasonal treat.
In the Kitchen
Here’s the recipe for you and your family to enjoy:
- 1 1/2 cups raspberries
- 1 1/2 cups cherries (without stems and pits)
- 1 cup blueberries
- 3/4 to 1 cup raw cane sugar
- 1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (to taste)
- glass storage jars
- In a medium saucepan, combine 1 cup raspberries, 1 cup cherries, 3/4 cup blueberries, 3/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, and bring to a simmer over medium heat until sugar has dissolved, about 10 minutes. Adjust sugar, adding up to 1/4 cup more if necessary, and cook until it is dissolved.
- Using your spoon gently mash berry mixture until puree forms and bring to a simmer. Add an additional 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice if necessary.
- Add remaining 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries, 1/2 cup fresh or frozen sliced strawberries and 1/4 cup fresh or fattrozen blueberries. Simmer until sauce is hot.
- Serve sauce hot or cold.
Who know a day at the berry farm could be so sweet?
What is your family’s favorite way to use up your seasonal berries?
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