Local Blueberries

[11 Sep 2013 | By | 5 Comments]


Where I live in the Pacific Northwest, blueberries are still draped across bushes, and big flats of blues adorn countless kitchen counters (in season through middle/end of September). In fact, I pinged a pile of food-blogging friends for blueberry recipes to keep the inspiration strong through the tail end of blueberry season (recipes follow).

Today at an unnamed grocery store I saw organic, local blueberries for $7 a pound. I confess: I cringed a bit, knowing these super-food, uber-healthy, applause-worthy berries were so costly to consumers. I cringed a tad more knowing that the blueberry farmer was lucky if s/he made even 15 cents per dollar sold.

bow hill blues @thefarmstrs

I mean no disregard to that market. But it does highlight the impetus—and my passion—for my new company Farmstr. Under wraps for many months of programming and piles of conversations with farmers, we are softly live and experimenting with the beta version of our online marketplace connecting local farmer/fishers/ranchers with people like you and I. What better way to enter the world than with a flat of blueberries? My foodie friends would agree: buy in-season bounty, then plunk it into today’s feast and tomorrow’s pantry.

blueberry post

And why not buy direct from local sustainable farmers in the middle of it all? They increase their margins by over 60% by selling direct – even with giving you lower prices. If you are near Seattle or Bellingham it is your lucky day: you can buy a 10LB box of transitional organic, local blueberries for $3.60 a LB from Bow Hill Blueberries (check out offer details). And of course: they are picked just for you. Knowing your farmer was usual not too many years ago – and I am a big believer in bringing back those handshakes.

Blueberry Dessert Recipes
Gluten Free Blueberry Crumb Pie
Gluten Free Blueberry Pie
Blueberry Coconut Fool
Blueberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt
Blueberry Cobbler

Blueberry Preserves
Easy Blueberry Jam
Perfect Blueberry Preserves
Blueberry Vanilla Chia Jam
Blueberry Basil Jam
A myriad of Blueberry Jams
Blueberry Plum Butter

blueberry recipes

Savory Blueberry Recipes
Herb Salad w/Blueberries, Goat Cheese & Lemon Poppy Vinaigrette
Blueberry Hummus
Berry Crust Pizza
Blueberry BBQ Sauce
Blueberry Ginger Salsa
Corn & Blueberry Waffles
Blueberry Chutney & Pork Chops

A special thanks to bloggers for contributing seasonal blueberry recipes:

  • Aimee from Simple Bites
  • Lauren from Healthy Delicious
  • Jean from Gluten Free Doctor
  • Karista from Karista’s Kitchen
  • Hannah from Blue Kale Road
  • Donna from Cookistry
  • Kate from Kate in The Kitchen
  • Aimee from See Aimee Cook
  • Kirsten from Farm Fresh Feasts
  • Sean from Punk Domestics
  • Wendy from SunChowder Emporia
  • Brook from Learn To Preserve

To buy local blueberries plus other farm fresh food like heritage pork, grass-fed beef and organic tomatoes – consider signing up for Farmstr. Currently testing beta in the greater Seattle area, Farmstr will be creating opportunities across the country for local farms to sell to local buyers. (So even if you aren’t from Seattle – sign up so you know when we register local farms near you – and open in your area!).

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  • Donna Ellefson said (12 September 2013 at 9:03 am):

    I can’t seem to find how to order the blueberries. The Farmstr site only gives me frozen ones and the link to Bow Hill doesn’t mention Farmstr.

  • Janelle (author) said (12 September 2013 at 11:06 am):

    Donna: thanks for the head’s up – Bow Hill JUST moved from fresh picking to ones recently frozen – so yes there are only frozen now. Sorry for the confusion!!

  • Hannah said (12 September 2013 at 3:46 pm):

    “Today’s feast and tomorrow’s pantry”…love that, Janelle!! I have a lot of love in my heart for blueberries. Thank you for all you are doing! xx

  • Hannah said (12 September 2013 at 3:58 pm):

    btw, just ordered some berries! :)

  • Wendy Read said (15 September 2013 at 11:56 am):

    Great roundup of recipes, well done to you 😉