I love exploring local farms. Farms make the best grocery stores and classrooms, and I love teaching my kids about how fruits and vegetables get from the ground to our table. We recently went to visit my family back home in Middle Tennessee. Each summer, we venture to Forgie’s Fruit Farm and pick peaches. Since winter ran longer than normal, the peaches weren’t in yet. My disappointment didn’t last long. I found a berry farm when my husband and I went cycling down a country road in my hometown our first day home. So what do 2 dietitians do when they find a hidden treasure like this? Well, they go get their family, including my sister, aunt, mom, 3 nieces, and kids. We had so much fun! And boy, did we pick our hearts out!
Bee Sweet Berry Farm is located right off Interstate 65 at mile marker 32 in Middle Tennessee. It sits in the middle of green and lush rolling hills. Since 2007, the Grennier Family has been growing what is now 6 acres of berries and inviting the public in to pick. They have blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. This is the fun we had at Bee Sweet Berry Farm. Stay tuned because I have a yummy cobbler right after the pictures.
Now that I have you all ‘berried’ up, I will share some reasons you should be eating berries.
Blackberries have 43 calories per cup and 5 grams of fiber. This high antioxidant fruit is a cancer fighter and helps protect your brain from oxidative stress.
Raspberries have 52 calories per cup, 7 grams of fiber, and are high in Vitamin C. They may help in inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and help in the management of obesity.
Blueberries have 57 calories per cup and 2 grams of fiber. They are considered brain food due to the protective properties in memory loss and may help improve motor skills and vision.
Now for the food! Cobbler?..YES, please and thank you!
Being back in the South really had me craving cobbler. Since we picked so many blackberries, I just couldn’t resist making one. Southern cobblers traditionally use a lot of butter, milk, and sugar which equals lot of calories and fat. I wanted to make mine lower in sugar and fat, gluten free, and dairy free. I use less than half of the sugar most cobblers use and used half the amount of added fat. I love the taste of the almond flour in the cobbler. You can always sweeten more if you like. If you like to add ice cream, there is really no need. Dig in, y’all!
What is your favorite way to eat berries?
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/2 cup all purpose gluten free flour (I use King Arthur)
- 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum
- 1 Tablespoon baking powder
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup organic sugar plus 1-2 Tablespoons
- 1/4 cup melted Earth Balance vegan buttery stick (you can use butter too)
- 2 1/4 heaping cups of fresh blackberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Butter or grease a deep dish pie pan.
- Rinse blackberries and pat dry.
- Combine sugar, flours, xanthan gum, baking powder, and zest.
- Whisk in milk and melted buttery stick or butter.
- Pour in pie pan and place blackberries in dish. The berries should be mostly covered in batter.
- Sprinkle with 1 - 2 Tablespoons of sugar.
- Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to one hour, depending on type of oven. I use a convention oven, and it reduces my baking time.