Today, Monday, August 7, is National Raspberries and Cream Day and this week, August 7 – 13, is National Farmers Market Week. Raspberries are readily available in local supermarkets and perhaps available in local farmers markets although raspberry season is past its peak.
Cheryl of 40 aprons suggests serving a cup of fresh raspberries drizzled with about two tablespoons of sweetened condensed milk. Lana (Lana’s Cooking) and Sonya and Alex (a couple cooks) layer the berries with whipped cream and top each serving with crushed pistachios (Sonya and Alex) or chopped chocolate (Lana). I prefer my berries plain and they are even better if eaten sun-warmed and freshly picked while standing in the berry patch and defending myself from the birds who also enjoy fresh berries.
Farmers markets are good places to shop for locally grown fruits and vegetables and often sell other foods such as baked goods. The United States government has two useful websites. Nutrition.gov lists “Top 10 Reasons to Shop at a Farmers Market,” “Farmers Market Food Safety,” and “Find a Farmers Market in Your State.” The Dept. of Agriculture has a “Farmers Market Directory” which allows you to locate one within whatever distance you choose. The government also has a “Farmers Market Coloring Book” which you can print and enjoy.
There are local farmers markets in Ardmore, Upper Merion (King of Prussia), Conshohocken and Wayne, all well worth visiting. For a wider choice visit Pennsylvania Harvest Calendar – PickYourOwn.org. If you have never picked your own fruit or vegetables this can be an interesting experience and you’ll come home with the freshest possible food.
Raspberries and whipped cream photograph from pixabay.com.
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