Blue and Green Checkerboard

Did you know that 90% of the world's blueberries are grown in North America? It's true, and I'll bet that the majority of those blueberries are grown in Michigan. I've had the pleasure of going to a blueberry farm, picking the blueberries right off the bush, taking them back to the house and making a pie... well, Diann made the pie... within an hour of their picking. It was easily the best pie I've ever eaten, and might be the best anything I've ever eaten.

 

Blueberries right off the bush taste very little like the frozen pea-sized blue things they sell in the grocery store. These things are huge, and filled with mouth-popping blueberry flavor. I'm a big fan of Blueberry Pop-Tarts. Their filling tastes nothing like real fresh blueberries. They shouldn't even be called Blueberry Pop-Tarts. They should be called something like "Pop-Tarts filled with blue stuff that vaguely resembles the taste of blueberries to someone who's never eaten fresh blueberries."

 

I've no idea why this merchant, at the Farmer's Market in Flint, Michigan, decided to checkerboard blueberries with pears, but it made a neat picture, so I took it. The lady told me that pictures were free. If only she knew...

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Taken on August 18, 2007