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  • Blueberry Lovers Rejoice! Washington’s Blueberry Season is here! 06.25.18

      

    Washington State is leading the nation in blueberry production! In 2016 Washington’s blueberry crops yielded 120 million pounds and the large majority were certified organic. Currently, 75% of blueberries produced in Washington are organic. Blueberry plants in Washington State are some of the world’s highest-yielding; resulting in 20,000 to 25,000 pounds per acre at maturity, including organic farms. 

     


    Blueberries have earned the label “superfood” as they are an excellent source of anti-oxidants, vitamin C, and fiber. Research is being done on the heart-healthy qualities of blueberries like their cholesterol processing abilities. These healthy morsels are also versatile and can be added to many baked goods like muffins, pancakes, and pies. They also can be used fresh in smoothies, yogurt parfaits, salads, or even on top of oatmeal. Best of all you can freeze any fresh blueberries that won’t be eaten right away, and they make a delicious, cool treat on a hot summer day. 

     

    In Eastern Washington, harvesting is underway now. Harvesting west of the Cascades will start the second week of July and continue into October. All fresh blueberries are handpicked.

     

     

    With Washington’s lengthy growing season, this summer is the perfect time to incorporate blueberries into your daily diet. And eating locally grown produce is easy! Look for containers identifying blueberries as Washington-grown or check the hang tags in the produce section at your grocery store 

     

    Supporting local farms ensures the freshest flavor and quality by cutting down on transit time from farm to market. With the consumer demand for blueberries increasing, it is important to support small local farms.  

     

    Washington Blueberries is also proud to partner with Cupcake Royale this season on its Washington Blueberry Lemonade Cupcake with fresh blueberries from local growers. The cupcake can be purchased at all Cupcake Royale locations in Seattle.  

     

    Photo courtesy of Cupcake Royale

     
    To learn more visit wablueberries.com. For recipes and inspiration visit pinterest.com/wablueberries and pick some blueberries up today! 

     

     

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