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Saturday, July 28, 2012

It's Blueberry Season!

On my to-do list for the last few years has been to go berry picking.  I have grown up picking apples in the fall as many of us Upstate New Yorkers do and have taken up pumpkin picking as well which is equally enjoyable.  There is nothing quite like the taste of a fresh picked apple, so I really wanted to see if the same went for fresh berries.  I was not disappointed.

Earlier in the summer, my family and I found a really great berry patch in Baldwinsville called Hencle's Berry Patch, which specializes in a variety of berries including strawberries, raspberries, and even gooseberries.  With the unusually warm spring we had, the farmer's told us that everything was a bit early this year, but we were lucky enough to catch the end of the strawberries and pick a large number of fresh raspberries.  I had never experienced true fresh picked strawberries before and they were by far the best I have ever tasted.  The raspberries were pretty amazing too, reminding me of when I used to race down to my parent's raspberry bushes behind our house in hopes of picking the berries before the birds could feast on them.  Not only was this a great experience as far as finding fresh, healthy, and local produce, but it was a really fun family activity.  It's a great way to get outside and even a really good opportunity to teach your kids a bit about where their food comes from.

Well, the season for strawberries and raspberries has sadly come and gone, but luckily there are still blueberries to enjoy.  The other day, I packed Addie and Ryan up for yet another jaunt to the farmlands of Baldwinsville (I know, quite a journey).  We found a number of blueberry patches in a row and chose to stop at Reeves' Farms because they are known for their sustainable farming methods and particularly their organic blueberries.  We had a great time and picked enough blueberries to throw in the freezer and enjoy into the autumn months.  With our fresh blueberries, we enjoyed a great summer breakfast of Buckwheat Blueberry Pancakes, here's the recipe:

Buckwheat Blueberry Pancakes


2/3 cup buckwheat (or any other whole grain) pancake mix
1 egg
2 tsp canola oil
1 cup milk*
1/2 cup fresh blueberries

*I prefer to make whole grain pancakes a little thinner because they tend to burn before the inside is fully cooked, but if you prefer thicker pancakes use a little less milk.

Stir together ingredients until just combined, do not over mix.  Grease a griddle or flat-bottomed skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat.  Pour about 1/4 cup of batter at a time onto the hot griddle.  When the edges of the pancake appear dry and the middle starts to bubble, flip and cook for a few more seconds.  This recipe yields about 6 pancakes.

I really like to double or even triple this recipe and make a lot of pancakes because they're great to throw in the freezer and they're healthy and whole grain, so they're a wonderful option for kids or toddlers.  Keep in mind that they do contain eggs, so beware of feeding them to little ones under a year if they haven't had egg whites yet due to possible allergic reactions.

Remember, there's still plenty of time to enjoy the fresh fruits of summer and it's way more fun to get out there and pick them yourself!


  1. Hi there- My name is Kathleen and my blog is I am currently working on my prereqs (the science stuff I didn't take the first time around in college / MBA) at Morrisville State College and live in Syracuse, NY - near SU. I know that I need to start the application process for the Masters in Nutrition program at SU and would love to talk to you about what you like and don't like at SU. I found your blog via Katheats. Please email me and perhaps we could talk live or meet on M street @ Starbuck's for coffee or something.

  2. Hi Kathleen,

    I am so sorry that I never responded to your message back in September. I took a break from writing my blog when the fall semester picked up and wasn't checking it very often to see you had commented on it. Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help you in your application process if it's not too late. I have really enjoyed the program and would highly recommend it. It's been challenging, but well worth it and if you already have a graduate degree, the work load will be nothing you can't handle. Please let me know if you have any questions you think I can help with. Again, I'm so sorry for the extremely delayed response.