July 27, 2011

Soup to Nuts: Sipping the blues

If you can't get enough of blueberries, you're in luck. Now you -- and sometimes your dog -- can quaff them in tea, beer, vodka or coffee.

By Meredith Goad mgoad@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Owen Jolley, 2, picks blueberries with his mother Lindsey on Saturday at Libby & Son U-Picks in Limerick.

Photos by John Patriquin/Staff Photographer

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Pat Leslie and Jeri Stuart from Gorham gather highbush blueberries at Libby & Son U-Picks in Limerick.

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BLUEBERRY FESTIVALS

35th ANNUAL BLUEBERRY FAIR IN KENNEBUNK

WHERE: First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 114 Main St. (Routes 1 and 35)

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

WHAT: Blueberry muffins and pies, chowder luncheon, raffle, 40 artisans and crafters from all over New England

INFO: 985-3700

36th ANNUAL MACHIAS BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

WHERE: Various venues downtown

WHEN: Aug. 19-21

WHAT: Baking and pie-eating contests, blueberry farm tours, more than 200 craft booths, foot races, Blackfly Ball, parade, blueberry quilt raffle; blueberry musical comedy Aug. 17-20, which costs $13 for adults and $5 for children

INFO: 255-6665

RANGELEY BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

WHERE: Rangeley Inn, 2443 Main St.

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 18

WHAT: Blueberry jams, muffins and pies; gifts and crafts; entertainment for children.

INFO: 864-5364

WILD BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL AT UNION FAIR

WHERE: Union Fairgrounds, on Common Road off the Union Common

WHEN: Blueberry activities are scheduled for Aug. 21, 23, 25, 26 and 27

WHAT: Wild Blueberry Queen contest; kids' wild blueberry pie-eating contest; blueberry pie competition; wild blueberry muffin and dessert contests; blueberry pancake breakfast; free individual blueberry pies to all fair patrons on Friday.

HOW MUCH: Fair admission is $8 adults, $4 for children 12 to 14, free for children under 12

INFO: www.unionfair.org/Blueberry.cfm

WILTON BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

WHERE: Various venues in Wilton

WHEN: Aug. 5-6

WHAT: Free concert, parade, vendors, crafts, fireworks, blueberry bazaar, blueberry cook-off, horse-drawn wagon rides, boat tours of Wilson Lake, firetruck rides, quilt and rug show.

INFO: 778-4726, or for a complete schedule go to www.wiltonbbf.com

40th ANNUAL WINSLOW BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

WHERE: Winslow Congregational Church, 12 Lithgow St.

WHEN: Aug. 13

WHAT: Blueberry pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m.; homemade blueberry pies; silent auction; large yard sale; hot dog stand

INFO: 872-2544; www.winslowucc.org/home

-- Compiled by staff writer Meredith Goad

I would, however, like to recommend an extra step in preparation. If you chill the lemonade with the 2 tablespoons of blueberries still intact, as the recipe implies, the liquid won't really turn pink, and it will taste like regular lemonade. Try mashing the blueberries to release both color and blueberry flavor. Then you can add the remaining berries intact.

Drink up. But remember, you've been warned. Don't go blaming me when your family stages an intervention and tries to get you to enter a lemonade 12-step program.

1/3 cup sugar

11/4 cups fresh blueberries, divided

1/2 cup lemon juice

In a 1-quart glass measuring cup, combine sugar, 2 tablespoons of the blueberries and 1/2 cup water. Microwave on high until hot (about 1 minute); stir until sugar dissolves. Add lemon juice and enough cold water to make 1 quart. Chill.

Fill tall glasses with ice cubes, add chilled blueberry-lemon mixture and remaining berries, dividing equally. Garnish with lemon slices if desired.

FAIR TRADE WILD MOUNTAIN BLUEBERRY COFFEE

This product is one of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' most popular flavored coffees. Originally a seasonal coffee, it got such a strong response, the company started offering it year-round.

The folks at Green Mountain told me it fills the room with a "juicy, sweet and slightly buttery aroma," and that it had "just a hint of caramel sweetness" along with the blueberry flavor.

So I was expecting a lot when I brewed my first pot.

I'm a middle-of-the-road person when it comes to flavored coffees. Some I like; some I don't. This product was all right for a flavored coffee, but it didn't wow me like the blueberry soda.

It didn't really taste much like blueberries to me, and there was an odd aftertaste.

I wanted to give this product another chance, so the next time I used it to make iced coffee, and was much more satisfied with the result.

I would definitely make it again as an iced coffee to be sipped on the deck and enjoyed as a summertime treat.

Price: $9.49 for 12 ounces

Staff Writer Meredith Goad can be contacted at 791-6332 or at:

mgoad@pressherald.com

 

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Growers report healthy highbush blueberry crops.

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Odie checks out Wild Maine Blueberry Dog Tea before lapping up a cupful.

Gabe Souza/Staff Photographer

 


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