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  • July is Washington Blueberry Month! 07.01.20

     

    July is Washington Blueberry Month! Summer is in full bloom and plump Washington blueberries are ready to be eaten and picked! Pick up Washington-grown blueberries at your local grocery store or plan an upcoming visit to local U-Pick Farms when they open mid-July to hand-pick your own fresh blueberries. Don’t forget to check your u-pick’s website to confirm their opening date. For recipes, inspiration and a list of u-pick farms near you visit wablueberries.com.

     

    Did you know Washington is the number one producer of blueberries in the U.S.? Last year our state yielded approximately 160 million pounds! Washington has one of the longest harvest seasons in the world (five months) and blueberry plants in our state are also some of the world’s highest yielding, including our organic fields. Our local farmers are out there working hard all season!

     

    To select fresh blueberries while shopping, choose berries with a sweet, fruity scent. Size isn’t an indicator of maturity, but color is – berries should look deep blue! Refrigerate fresh blueberries when you get them home, either in their original package or in a covered bowl or container. Be sure to wash your blueberries before you start snacking!

     

    Fresh blueberries make a delicious and healthy snack! The phytochemicals found in blueberries are short-lived, so eat fresh blueberries within a few days of purchase or you can also freeze them. Be sure to look for signage citing Washington or locally-grown to support our local blueberry farmers!

     

    Blueberries are also so versatile for baking and cooking and can be used in salads, pies, cobblers, and more or as a breakfast topper on yogurt, oatmeal, and granola! What are you making with your Washington blueberries? Share your photos on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #wablueberries and tag @wablueberries!

     

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