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Celebrate National Blueberry Month In And Around Schenectady

July is National Blueberry Month—31 days dedicated to the glories of small, blue fruits that pack a healthy punch. In fact, blueberries are actually one of the healthiest fruits for you. For one, they’re a great source of antioxidants, which help minimize inflammation. They can also improve cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and promote gut health. And, they’re especially great for seniors: A study published in The Journal of Neuroscience found that blueberries can protect against age-related declines in neural and motor skills. Want to get in on the action? Here’s how to celebrate Blueberry Month here in the Capital Region.

 

Pick Up Some Farm-Fresh Blueberries

In Upstate New York, local farm stands abound, and in early July, blueberries take center stage. Check out Buhrmaster Farms in Schenectady, Bowman Orchards in Rexford, or Star Farm Blueberries in Galway, a mom-and-pop farm that grows only blueberries and, in addition to offering both U-pick and pre-picked berries, offers blueberry-themed products and treats in its farm store. You can bet there’ll be plenty of blueberries to be had at the Schenectady Greenmarket, too!

 

Indulge In Blueberry Delicacies

At Blue Ribbon Family Restaurant, located right around the corner from Kingsway Community, diners can top off their meal with a slice of blueberry pie or blueberry cheesecake. Need a whole pie? Head to Ballston Spa’s Smith’s Orchard Bake Shop, where you can get pies in flavors such as blueberry, blueberry peach and apple blueberry. Or, have your daily dose of blueberries blended, at BARE Blends in Clifton Park, which boasts a blueberry muffin smoothie and blueberry lemon tart smoothie bowl.

 

Make Your Own Blueberry Concoction

Whether you live in Schenectady or halfway around the world, you can celebrate National Blueberry Month by baking with the berry. Below is a recipe for “Ridiculously Easy Blueberry Cobbler,” courtesy of Inspired Taste.

 

INGREDIENTS

For the filling:

  • 24 ounces (about 2 pints) fresh blueberries
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons sugar, see notes
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice or use water
  • Pinch fine sea salt

 

For the crumble topping:

  • 3/4 cup (100 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup (65 grams) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup (100 grams) sugar, try combining 1/4 cup brown sugar + 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (115 grams) butter, melted (1 stick) or substitute 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt

 

DIRECTIONS

Make filling:

  • Heat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Add blueberries, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of flour, sugar, and pinch of salt to a 9-inch pie dish (or use a 2-quart baking dish). Toss well until combined.

 

Make crumble topping

  • Combine flour, oats, sugar, and the salt in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter then stir until all the flour has been moistened by the butter and topping is crumbly.
  • Sprinkle over blueberry filling. (We like to use our hands to do this. As we sprinkle, we press the crumbles together to create larger clumps of topping.)

 

Bake crumble

  • Bake 25 to 35 minutes until juices are thickened and the topping has turned light golden brown.
  • Cool 10 minutes, and then serve.