It’s a berry good season to spend time with kids in the kitchen.
Involve them in the cooking process from beginning to end by traveling to a local orchard to pick berries. Kids can also peruse the Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings starting at 9 a.m. in the heart of downtown Maryville on Church Avenue, near CBBC Bank. The market is also open on Wednesdays from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at New Providence Presbyterian Church on West Broadway.
Then go shopping together for needed ingredients and finally, get in the kitchen and create something together. Cooking with kids not only teaches an important life skill, but it also builds lasting memories.
Places to Pick:
n Falls Blueberry Farm
111 Harmon Road, Maryville, TN 37804. Phone: 865-982-3457. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: July and August, closed Wednesdays, otherwise 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call for directions. Payment: Cash only.
n Rutherford’s Strawberries
3337 Mint Road, Maryville, TN 37803. Phone: 865-982-5891. Call for directions.
n The Fruit and Berry Patch
4407 McCloud Rd., Knoxville. Phone: 865-922-3779. Open: Fruits may be picked from daylight to dark most of the summer. Pick Your Own strawberries, blackberries, and Farm Market pumpkins. Call for directions. All small fruits (strawberries, blackberries, etc.) are available on a “Pick Your Own” basis only.
Here’s a recipe from Sandra Lee at Foodnetwork.com to try once you’ve picked your berries:
Berry Custard Pie
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1 (9-inch) graham cracker crust
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, beat together the egg, sugar and salt until the mixture becomes pale. Slowly beat in the milk and vanilla.
Cover bottom of the pie crust with the berries. Pour the egg mixture over the top, bake until center is set, about 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature before serving
Soda Pop Cakes
Melanie Mason Croft shared a quick, easy, allergy-friendly recipe with Blount Moms Today on Facebook. She said, “My son was very allergic to eggs until he was about 4 years old. I would take a cake mix, add a can of any flavor soda and bake as directed. Our fave was strawberry cake mix and Sprite with cream cheese icing. Actually, we still make them like this today.”