Be the Blueberry

blueberries-transHello, my name is Violet Beauregarde. You may remember me from Roald Dahl’s novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I was the kid who chewed a lot of gum—and I mean A LOT—and while visiting Mr. Wonka’s factory, I got excited and grabbed one of his inventions. Short story shorter, the dang gum backfired, and I turned into a giant blueberry and had to be rolled away by the Oompa Loompas.

Blueberry Pancakes

What's in Season July 2013

strawberries peachesHere’s a preview of the goodies being harvested from some of our farms in July, from The FruitGuys regional produce buyers. To see what’s being delivered this week, visit and choose your region.

Blue Ray Blueberries

All in the Family Farm

Berry Nice

Summer is here, and with it the most delicious of all fruit: fresh berries. Be they strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries, berries evolved to be literally irresistible in order to spread their seeds. Taste alone is reason to indulge, but with berries you get to have your cake and eat it too—berries are packed with nutrients, and few foods can compare to their benefits to human health.

Blueberry Zucchini Bread

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1 pint fresh blueberries
2 cups zucchini, shredded
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup vegetable oil (see Cook’s note)
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon cinnamon


Punch Buggy Blueberry

Our all-seeing school bus driver with the flip-up, two-tone shades and an extra-wide mirror above her head had a ranking system that was distinguishable by the depth and tone of her voice. Sit in rows 1-8 and she was all Care Bears and Holly Hobby. But get to the middle or back of the long yellow diesel dragon and you were in the zone that had “already been accused.” Whether it was trading homemade cinnamon sticks or making spitball guns out of plastic pen casings and coat hangers, she had a knack for sniffing out trouble just from your choice of seating. As June approached and the sliding metal windows started clicking open, the number of punch buggy sightings always increased.

The Spring Transition

strawberry fieldIn the fruit world, spring is the hardest time of year. Summer brings its abundance of stone fruits, Fall its apples, pears, persimmons, and pomegranates, and Winter all varieties of citrus that grow under the sun, but springtime . . . well that’s another story. In California, we really only see two fresh crops in the spring: strawberries and a very small amount of early blueberries. Strawberries are tasty and tender but their fragile nature makes them highly susceptible to damage from the weather.