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By Kristi Alexandra Is there anything sweeter than the fruits of your own labour? U-pick berry farms in the Lower Mainland would attest there isn’t. While abundant rain at the end of a long winter had many farms opening their picking seasons a little late this year, the results are still oh-so-sweet. With a shortened growing season, farmers are seeing strawberries and blueberries as a bounty of fresh-picked treats. We visited a few farms to find out where you can gather a basket of your own before the season’s over. Please note that availability of berries is subject to weather and crops may end early, or be extended. It’s best to contact the individual farms to determine availability of your favourite berries. Krause Berry Farms 6179-248th Street, Langley U-pick, a winery, fresh-made waffles, and a kids’ farm – is there anything this farm doesn’t have? Set on 200 acres of…

By Kathy Mak, food blogger and photographer, Kake2Kale Savour fresh and juicy blueberries in this tasty and easy summer dessert that is rustic, yet elegant! For tips on where to find and pick your own blueberries, read about Kathy’s experience at Weller’s Blueberry Farm in Langley. INGREDIENTS Fresh B.C. blueberries (4 cups) Cornstarch (3 tbsp) Brown sugar (1/2 cup) Salt (1/8 tsp) Lemon juice (1 tbsp) Granulated sugar for sprinkling (1 tsp) Puff pastry (1 homemade or 1 package – 200 g store bought) DIRECTIONS In a large bowl, combine cornstarch with brown sugar and salt. Mix well. Add fresh blueberries and the lemon juice to the bowl. Combine until all the berries are coated. Roll puff pastry dough on a flour dusted surface to form a 12 inch wide circle. Uneven edges are fine. Transfer rolled dough to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spoon fruit mixture onto…

By Kathy Mak Nothing says summertime more than fresh berries, and blueberries are literally the star berry of the season! There’s no better place to enjoy fresh blueberries than in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley. It may be surprising to some, but blueberries are Canada’s largest fruit crop by acreage. According to the British Columbia Blueberry Council, Canada is the world’s third largest national producer of highbush blueberries with the majority grown by 800 blueberry growers in British Columbia. The bulk of the B.C. blueberry farms can be found right here in the fertile Fraser Valley! Indigenous to North America, wild blueberries were highly regarded by the Aboriginal people who picked them for food and medicine. They were referred to as “star berries” because of the five-pointed star on the blossom side of the berry. Cultivated blueberries, known as the highbush variety, started in the early 1900s. Today, 90% of the…