From Farm to Smoothie

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“You ate the first one and its flesh was sweet

like thickened wine: summer’s blood was in it

leaving stains upon the tongue and lust for

picking”

-Seamus Heaney, Blackberry Picking

Are there many things more rewarding, empowering and playful than picking your own food? For me, this is one of the great pleasures in life. Picking my own food evokes connection, healing and my dirt-loving inner child.  And when it gets messy, even better.

I woke up on Saturday morning to a blazing sun. As I rose out of bed I walked over to my desk and read one of my favorite poems aloud, which I had typed out on my typewriter and taped to my wall at the start of summer. Reading Blackberry Picking + finding this froyo recipe sent me out on an adventure to Charlotte Berry Farm in Charlotte, VT.  Alex and I went straight for the black raspberries. The berry plants were supported by trellis and as we walked down the grassy aisles, I hunched low and bent in to find the fat, juicy ones hiding deep in their bush.

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Three pounds later, my fingertips were stained red and I walked back to the farm stand holding my berry mounds with so much joy. We ate some on the car ride home and I thought to myself how I never wanted to wash my hands again.

I made the Green Kitchen Stories’ froyo recipe and substituted my freshly-picked black raspberries for the strawberry and rhubarb. There was nothing ripple about my froyo but it was cold and delicious and I owe that to my freezer, my berries, and to the Greek Gods full fat honey flavored yogurt. Key words: full fat.

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IMG_7340IMG_7363And then things got even sweeter…because the next day I made a SMOOTHIE with the frozen yogurt. It was one of the most delicious and satisfying smoothies I have ever made and I think part of it was because it all started at the farm with my very own hands (but let us not forget about the gorgeous berries and full fat yogurt).

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Black Raspberry Frozen Yogurt Smoothie:

1 cup black raspberry frozen yogurt

1/2 banana

1 tbsp. hemp protein powder

1/4-1/3 cup orange juice

1 tbsp. flax seeds

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender and enjoy!

Cheers to indulging in the cool & yummy during this summer heat,

Sarah D.

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