Jammed, baked, swirled, fresh off the bramble. Berry scented candies. Dried into a healthy Himalayn snack, frozen in ice cream and floating in your beer. You never can tell where you’ll find berries–from Chuck to Wendell. It’s part of the art and most of fun… this one’s for you.
You Never Can Tell what you’ll find at Above Ground Records @ the Triangle, Edgartown, (508) 627-4678.
Dried Goji Berries
Get your goji-on. Mighty high in vitamin C, this super fruit will get you through shingling the roof tops. 8 oz., about $7 at Healthy Additions, Tisbury, (508) 693-7097.
“Dear Strawberries” a prose poem by Elspeth Hay
If I could name you, I would call you this: my little sister, sitting in the row at Prout’s Pick-Your-Own. Two years old and covered, ruddy pink stains all over from her cheeks to those chubby thunder toes. Seeds in her hair and one hand in the bushes—the other moving methodically from stem to mouth. My mother down the row, her brow covered in that 1970s magenta tie-dyed kerchief cap, multiplying green quarts by eight faster than my father and I can run the basket flats. The woman at the weigh table adding up cash—and me standing small, tallying boxes: for jam, for slicing, for freezing, and a batch of shortcake come dark.
Favorite Brand’s Blueberry Ice Cream
Churned on MV by Karen Colombo. Available at grocers who support local artisan food makers. About $7 for a pint.
Yes, there are berries floating in this beer. Seasonally brewed by Offshore Ale Co. $3.00–$5.50, Kennebec Ave., Oak Bluffs, (508) 693-2626.
Berry stains are no problem when you’re wearing a berry-print apron from Alley’s General Store in West Tisbury, (508) 693-0088. From $19.99–$29.99.
Made in-house at State Road Restaurant, $8/jar, 688 State Road, West Tisbury, (508) 693-8582.
The Month of June in eV’s 2010 Calendar
Features l’etoile chef Michael Brisson’s strawberry tart with mascarpone and chocolate sauce. 2010 Calendars at Cronig’s, Bunch of Grapes, Alley’s General Store, Tony’s Market, $11.95.
Mimoso Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie
For a tart tangy yogurt hit, find this brand tucked away in the Vineyard Grocer’s coolers. $1.99–$3.99, Vineyard Grocer, State Road, Tisbury.
Tops off your berries with one simple squeeze. LeRoux at Home on Main Street, Vineyard Haven, $3.39.
Small, convenient carry-all to carry home your pick-your-own. Alley’s General Store, West Tisbury $3.99.
On Toast with butter for $3.50 at State Road Restaurant (during seasonal brunch hours). Coffee and newsprint extra.
Liberte Blackberry Yogurt
Thick, not too sweet, dessert for breakfast. About $1.50 for 6 oz., find it in grocery stores.
Find them at the Down Island Farmers’ Market, located at the Tisbury Wharf on Tuesdays, from 9am–1pm, starting June 29 and running through September 28th.
Raspberry Hard Candies
Les Framboises bonbons by La Vie. Keep a little ooh là là tucked away for when you want it. About $2.50 at discerning retailers.