“Star Berries”

It’s blueberry season and the pickings are good right now. The blueberry is one of the few fruits that are native to North America. The Northeast Native American tribes revered blueberries and the elders of the tribe named them “star berries” due to the shape of a perfect five-point star blossom at the end of each blueberry.

Blueberries, also known as “star berries”, are ready to pick and eat.

Blueberries can be enjoyed in a multitude of ways: plain, in cereals, in pancakes and waffles, on ice cream, in pies, in muffins and scones, in a salad, in a smoothie, etc. I recently picked my own blueberries at Blueberry Fields of Stillwater. They’re easy to pick and it’s a good way to save money at the grocery store. And these are grown without pesticides, a definite plus!

Pick your own blueberries at Blueberry Fields of Stillwater

Bev, one of the owners of Blueberry Fields of Stillwater,
greets you and shows you how to pick if it’s your first time.

My box of blueberries and a sheet with several recipes. Picking is easy.

Beautiful, ready to eat and wonderfully fresh.

Bev and Mike O’Connor of Blueberry Fields of Stillwater

Check their website for a schedule of picking times:

Blueberry Fields of Stillwater


Blueberries are a real food that are naturally good for you:

Nutrition Facts on Blueberries


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Your Kids will Eat More Veggies if…

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution has been working to get kids to eat more veggies. Not only that, it’s been bringing to light that some kids can’t identify foods such as potatoes, carrots, eggplants, etc. They don’t necessarily know that the French fries they eat are made of potatoes.

The start of my own container garden: fresh herbs.

I realize most of us are not growing up on family farms these days. The good news is that if you have a yard, a balcony, or can find a community garden plot, you can start a garden of your own and grow some veggies.

If you’d like to learn about gardening with your children, check into Gale Woods Farm’s “Gardening for the Whole Family” event on Saturday, May 15th from 9:00 a.m. to noon. This is an introductory class that shows how to turn a grassy patch into a fun, productive garden. It’s for kids aged 3 and up. Cost is $6 per person and reservations are required. Register online or by calling Gale Woods Farm at 763-694-2001.

If you can’t make the Gale Woods Farm class, here’s more information about how to grow a healthy vegetable garden. It’s chock full of good how-to information, including what to plant given the amount of sun your garden will have each day.

This Old House: Grow a Healthy Vegetable Garden


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