Green Blueberries

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It seems like a kind of miracle, but here they are! Actually looking like blueberries, and nice ones at that. When the berries start taking shape, we start getting stoked for the upcoming season. Of course, we also start feeling the panic of a thousand things we still need to do before the berries ripen and we open for picking, but it’s a lot more fun working around the bushes when you can see what you’re working for.

It’s been quite a bit warmer this spring than last, so the berries are ahead of where they were this time last year. But it’s still too soon to predict when we’ll be able to pick. If it stays warm and sunny, it could be a lot earlier than last year. If June-uary descends on us, things could slow way down.

So…if you live nearby or plan to visit Bainbridge and want to pick, your best bet is to call our blueberry “hotline” (206.855.0947) first. We’ll start updating it as soon as we have a better idea of when they’ll be ripe. The usual blueberry harvest time around here starts in late July, but as above, the actual dates are “subject to weather.” Stay tuned!

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Health Food

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Stacy’s been trying to get me to eat kale for years now, and even though we grow it, I just haven’t ever developed a taste for it. But after spending a week with my dad helping him recover from open-heart surgery, I feel a renewed commitment to eating better. This is his recipe, and it’s the first time I’ve been able to consume kale and actually enjoy it–probably because you don’t taste the kale at all. Ha!

The smoothie is mostly kale and blueberries (frozen from last summer), along with whatever other fruit happens to be in the house. Today we had a banana and satsuma (exotic treats requested by the kids for their Christmas stockings) and I also threw in some old apples and frozen peach slices. The frozen fruit makes the drink. It’s almost like a milkshake or slurpee.

Spun it up for a minute on “liquify” and it was delicious. And with two “superfoods” in there, I think the extra fiber, vitamins and antioxidants can help keep us all healthier. Here’s to kale! (Now that’s something I never thought I’d say.)