Welcome to FruitShare! We are pleased to be partnering with Vermont Valley Community Farm again this summer and look forward to providing you with the tastiest organic fruits of the season.

I eagerly await the blueberries every year. When they arrive I find myself eating 2-3 pints in a day. The nutritional value of “super blues” are loaded of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber!

Enjoy the fruit your brain will thank you.

Everett Myers, Founder of FruitShare

In your Box: Organic Blueberries

Storage and Ripening
Place your blueberries in the coldest part of the refrigerator. If you like your blueberries a little warmer, you can leave a pint of berries out in a bowl at room temperature. You can freeze some berries, too, by putting them in a zip-loc baggie in the freezer. It’s best not to wash blueberries before freezing, or they may become a solid block that is difficult to work with. When eating blueberries fresh, wash the portion you want to eat, and keep the rest dry in the refrigerator. If your blueberries are damp from condensation when you get them we like to pour them onto a paper towel or cotton towel to dry them off and then put them back into the container until you are ready to enjoy them.

What It Takes
Blueberries are here, and that means summer is truly in full swing. Lou’s blues are some of the most anticipated fruit of the whole year - and for good reason! These blueberries are plump, juicy and have that sweet tart profile, making them the perfect healthy treat.

Lou and Liz have a team of just 20 workers, which mean they are very hands-on throughout the entire growing and harvesting process. Every day, Lou and the team head out to the fields at 4:30 am to start picking berries. Around noon, Liz brings out their two young sons, Louie, Jr. and Dillan, to help pick. The boy in the photo on the blueberries packaging is Louie, Jr., when he was younger!

For Liz, the kids are a big reason why she loves farming organically. “We raise our kids here, and they’re not inhaling any chemicals” she says. “Farming organically is better for us, for our children, for the environment and for everyone who buys our organic berries,” she says, proving that the benefits stretch beyond just her own family.

To put it simply, Lou and Liz don’t take the easy way out when it comes to farming. Organic growing practices require a lot of effort, and the busy farm is a testament to just how hard they work. Lou and Liz truly have the best interests of their kids, employees and customers at heart. And we think that’s why they have some of the best blueberries we’ve ever tasted.

Health and Wellness
Blueberries are known as the #1 superfood, and they are truly one of the healthiest foods you can find. They are low in calories, yet very high in nutrients your body needs to stay healthy - a term nutritionists call “nutrient dense.” Blueberries contain lots of antioxidants, which fight harmful by-products in your body called free radicals. Free radicals are thought to cause cancer and age-related diseases, and antioxidants help fight these conditions. Blueberries also help lower your cholesterol; in fact, the USDA found that blueberries can lower your cholesterol more effectively than prescription drugs, due to a special antioxidant called pterostilbene. Because of this, blueberries can be very helpful in preventing obesity and heart disease. Blueberries may also help improve your memory, concentration and balance. The antioxidants in blueberries also support the health of your eyes and eyesight. Preliminary research shows that blueberries can help protect against age-related deterioration in the brain such as short-term memory loss. There is even some evidence that blueberries may be able to help reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders. No wonder blueberries are considered the master of superfoods!


Recipe
Flourless Blueberries Crumble

4 cups blueberries
4 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ cup almond meal
½ cup quinoa flakes
A pinch of sea salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degree F

Toss the fruit in a shallow baking dish with 2 tablespoons of the maple syrup and the lemon juice.  Mix the almond meal, quinoa flakes, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl.  Add the 2 remaining tablespoons of maple syrup and the olive oil and mix until just combined.  Crumble the mixture over the fruit and bake until the topping is browned and the fruit is bubbling, 20-25 minutes.


Recipe from It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen