This post is sponsored by Wish Farms in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.
A few weeks ago I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Wish Farms blueberry farm and processing plant. I saw and learned, first hand, the many different aspects of the blueberry growing and shipping process. It was so refreshing to see and get to meet the real people behind the food we put on our table and feed to our children. All farming has so many obstacles and I’m beyond appreciative of the amazing people within the Wish Farms company who do the research and labor, and give us the opportunity to eat good food.
Wish Farms was found in 1922 and a third-generation owned company. They are a year round supplier of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries with growing regions throughout the USA, Canada and South America. Wish Farms southwest blueberries are NOW in season and available in Fl, GA, and NC.
Blueberries are a staple in my household, so when we got to the farm I was excited to learn exactly how they get to my table. We learned everything from the problems organic farming face (nutrients, labor intensive, bugs, and weeds), the benefits of pruning the plants (fuller, more berries growing on outside), and even about their high-tech irrigation system that uses sensors to to let them know when the plants are thirsty. Blueberry plants like water but don’t like their feet to be wet.
Fun Fact: The white film on blueberries is called the BLOOM. It’s very healthy for both the berry and the person enjoying the berry!
There are a variety of blueberries grown on the farm and we tried five different kinds.
It wad incredible to taste the difference in each one, some being more sweet or tart than the other, but when they are packaged and shipped to your grocery store, there is a variety in each container. This is why they say blueberries are best enjoyed by eating a few at a time, so you get a nice balance of sweet and tart (and deliciousness!).
After the farm ,we arrived at the processing plant, where the blueberries are sorted, packaged and labeled to be put on shipping pallets and travel to your local grocery store.
The massive equipment, safety measurements, and even computer software that are used to make sure the blueberries you’re eating are the best of the best were an amazing site to see.
After our tour, we were transported to The Corner Store in Plant City, FL to dine on a refreshing and filling lunch! It was a day I’ll never forget.
At home, blueberries are super easy to incorporate into the food you consume daily, from your yogurt and oatmeal in the mornings, to your salad and desserts at night!
You know I’m a sucker for easy peasy recipes with limited ingredients and little to no time to spare! This delicious blueberry recipe is your perfect solution to an amazing appetizer or part of your brunch menu that makes you look like an expert. The brie, blueberries, balsamic, pistachios, and basil, together, give you a party of sweet, tangy, and savory!
These open faced brie and blueberry tartines are full of flavor with a perfect combo of tangy, savory and sweet. They are easy to prepare and a crowd pleasing appetizer to share.
- 8 ounces soft brie, sliced
- 8 ounces blueberries
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 cup Balsamic reduction
- 4 tbsp butter
- 4 slices of Rustic Bread
- pistachios, shelled and crushed
- 4 large Basil leaves, chopped
- Heat a skillet over medium heat.
- In a small bowl, add blueberries, lemon juice, and balsamic reduction. Stir to mix.
- Butter each side of sliced bread and place on skillet. Let one side toast (2-3 minutes) and flip over.
- After flipping to other side, place brie slices on top already toasted half of bread while in skillet.
- Let toast for 2-3 minutes.
- Once brie is softened, take toast off skillet and place on plate.
- Top brie with blueberry mixture and crushed pistachios.
- Garnish is chopped basil.
- Cut and Enjoy immediately.