July is the peak berry season at my farm and, of course, that means we are busy picking! Quickly ripening berries are apt to fall to the ground or be eaten by birds, so daily picking is necessary. I’ve been growing red, white, and black currants and gooseberries for many years. I love their tart flavor, juiciness and all the ways they can used. I also have an assortment of red raspberries, golden raspberries and back raspberries. My berries are turned into delicious jams and jellies, tarts and meringues, and are candied as a garnish. I also grow an assortment of blueberries, both high bush and medium bush varieties. They make excellent jams and jellies and are perfect for all sorts of baked goods. Amazing blueberries contain high levels of antioxidants, which help to fight aging, cancer and heart disease. I also make sure to freeze a good amount of berries for use throughout the year. Here’s a look at how all of this gets done.
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