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eNewsletter issue 116 | August 6, 2008

Summer’s juicy jewels are filling our Market shelves this week---pick some of the season’s best treats.  Local raspberries are on the scene now, along with blueberries.  Add them to your shopping list this week.  County kitchens are beginning to fill with the sweet smell of pickling spice as local cooks move from jams and jellies into the pickling of beets and cucumbers.  Fill up your jars now to enjoy your garden produce all winter long.

In This Issue:
WILD BLUEBERRIES
JOYCE WILE'S BLUEBERRY CAKE
HIGH BUSH BLUEBERRIES
CONTAINER PICK-ME-UPS
BEETS
RECIPE TIP OF THE WEEK

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WILD BLUEBERRIES

Randy Naugler of Hog Wild Blueberries is our wild blueberry supplier.  Randy is well known as a Christmas Tree grower but began several years ago to develop some blueberry fields.  His fields are located in both Lunenburg and Queens Counties.  Randy tells us that his Caledonia berries are ready first and then a week or so later the Lunenburg County fields will be harvested.  They started raking this week and we will have 5 and 10 lb boxes of berries available.  Because of weather conditions at the time of writing this letter we are just not sure which day, however, it does look like it may not be until Thursday or Friday. Just call for information –543-6082.  We will be freezing berries too for our own use in the bakery and for sales later in the fall.  If you miss the berries or just don’t get around to getting them picked up we’ll have them tucked in our freezer.  We usually have berries for 10 days to two weeks but better get them early.

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JOYCE WILE'S BLUEBERRY CAKE

Every year we tell the story….it’s worth repeating…..

 

Many years ago Joyce Wile (Ozzie) asked us to make a blueberry cake for a special dinner she was having for her friend Carol Baker.  Blueberries were in season at the time and Joyce wanted everything to be “just right”.  We were not making blueberry cake at the time but we said we would try.  We made Joyce a cake and had enough batter left to make a few to sell.  The cakes disappeared quickly and we added a cream cheese icing decorated with blueberries.  The rest is history.  Now, each year we make blueberry cakes when the wild blueberries are available.  People ask for the cake all year round but sadly, there is something about the delicate taste of the fresh blueberries that cannot be reproduced with the frozen ones.  Get your cakes later this week; they are in short supply…!!!!!!

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HIGH BUSH BLUEBERRIES

Nothing quite beats a handful of fresh high bush blueberries thrown onto your morning cereal or porridge.  Hackmatack Farm, from Cornwall, has been our supplier for many years.  They are back with their great fresh delicious blueberries.  We get deliveries three times a week so they are always fresh. Perhaps not the best for cooking or baking, but perfect for fresh eating, on yogurt, ice cream or puddings.

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CONTAINER PICK-ME-UPS

We are starting to see a few very tired looking planters around the countryside.  Just because the calendar says it’s the middle of summer; don’t think it’s too late to perk them up.  A little extra polish now will insure that they bloom well on into the fall.  Here are a few simple suggestions:

  • Remove damaged, yellowed, crispy or chewed leaves.  Remove the spent blooms, often refereed to as deadheading.
  • Reduce the fertilizing because the plants have matured and their root systems have likely filled the pots.  With the amount of watering that went on this summer the slow release fertilizer you placed in containers and window boxes at the beginning of the season may have been used up.  You should be using Miracle Gro diluted to half strength once a week.
  • If a plant dies in one of your containers or hanging baskets, just cut it off.  Often the other plants will thrive and fill in the hole.
  • Shearing some plants and applying fertilizer really helps some plants to get a second flush of growth.  Million bells, petunias, alyssum and even lobelia gain from taking these steps.  Elspeth has had quite a few calls about lobelia and how poorly it looks  at this end of the summer.  Lobelia is totally unforgiving and if it gets dried out or over watered it tends not to recover.  If you have some in planters and its not doing well it is worth trimming it back by one-third and applying some fertilizer.  It may recover if its not too far gone!

If planters and containers are well cared for there is no reason why they won’t last well into the fall.  Some of your planters may look good with the addition of fall mums which we should have ready for sale in a couple of weeks.

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BEETS

The folks of Lunenburg County must have the highest consumption of beets in all the country.  We always marvel at the large number of beets that people purchase to pickle.  This is on top of the many people who buy the seed in spring and grow their own!

Beets have arrived at the Market from Sawler Gardens.  These are Valley grown and available in 10 lb bags for $4.79.  We also have beets in bulk so if you just want “a good feed”, you can buy smaller amounts.

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RECIPE TIP OF THE WEEK

This recipe tip comes from our customer Diana Dalton of Halifax……

Oven roast beets until they are baked (depends on the size of the beet but use a fairly hot oven, 375-400 degrees, for 45-50 minutes).  Peel and slice.  Drizzle with balsamic vinegar, sprinkle with salt, pepper and blue cheese!!!!  The cheese melts into the beets and they are yummy!!!

Happy Summertime  everyone…Mary

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