Skies as Blue as the Berries We Eat!

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Enjoying those blue skies lately? Maybe it makes you eager to grab a handful of fresh blueberries to munch on. Blueberries are a great addition to cereal, oatmeal, salads, yogurt, smoothies and so much more and a great way to increase nutritional density. Known as one of nature’s superfoods, these berries are a great source of antioxidants, fiber, and Vitamin C. Just a taste of those natural sugars will leave you sweet for the rest of the summer. Fun fact, according to the NCDA & CS, North Carolina ranks #7 in the nation for blueberry production with 48.8 million pounds grown annually!

Check out this recent Market Menu Recipe featuring some local blueberries! You can find all the bolded ingredients at the Sanford Farmers Market!

Summer Fruit and Goat Cheese Salad

June 3rd- June 10th

Yield: 6 Servings Serving Size: 1 cup

Source: adapted from  Two Peas and Their Pod.

Ingredients:

  • 9 handfuls of Green Salad Mixture
  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 3 ripe Peaches
  • ⅓ cup Goat Cheese

Dressing

  • 4 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons White Balsalmic Vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Honey
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Optional Add-Ins:

  • ⅓ cup chopped Almonds
  • ¼ cup Onion, chopped

Directions:

  1. Wash the produce and pat dry.
  2. Cut the peaches in half and remove the pit.
  3. Mix the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. If choosing to grill the peaches, lightly brush the peaches with the dressing and grill the peaches cut-side down until soft or it has grill marks.
  5. Place the rest of the salad ingredients in a large bowl and drizzle the dressing over the top. Toss lightly until coated.

*Chef’s Note

  • This recipe can be used with any salad green. Peaches do not have to be grilled.
  • Pairs nicely with some local steak, pork chops, or chicken.

Did you know that Lee County has a u-pick blueberry farm? Check them out in the Visit NC Farms App to shop for local foods! You will find their location, phone number, and hours of business to connect you to those u-pick operations. What is better than eating fresh, local berries while also supporting your local farmers?

N.C. Cooperative Extension’s goal is to provide the residents of the community with research-based knowledge. For more information on nutrition, health, food preservation, and food safety in Lee County please contact the Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Ashley Szilvay at 919-775-5624.