Let's eat blueberriesNews on berries in the area, plus recipes!
This sure winner has a layer of blueberries on the bottom; moist, tender lemon cake in the middle and crunchy oat streusel on top.
Oat Crunch Topping
1 cup uncooked oatmeal (quick or old-fashioned)
½ cup dry lemon cake mix
(from a 1 pound 2.25 ounce box)
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ stick (1/4 cup) butter or margarine, melted
Remaining lemon cake mix
½ pt (scant 1 cup) sour cream
¼ cup vegetable oil
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon peel
8 ounces (2 cups) fresh or frozen unsweetened
blueberries (not thawed)
Heat oven to 350. Lightly coat 9-by-13 inch cake pan with nonstick spray.
Topping: Stir oats, cake mix, brown sugar and cinnamon in small bowl to mix.
Add melted butter, stir with fork until evenly moistened.
Put remaining cake mix, sour cream, oil, water, eggs and vanilla in a large bowl.
Beat with mixer on low speed one minute to combine. Increase speed to medium and beat two minutes until very thick and well blended. Stir in lemon peel, fold in blueberries.
Scrape into prepared pan.
Bake 25 minutes. Break topping into small clumps with finger and scatter evenly over cake. Bake 10 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out with moist crumbs clinging.
Cool completely in pan. Cut in squares to serve.
Blueberry pudding cake
2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup all-purpose flour
¾ cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ cup milk
3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
¾ cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup boiling water
Toss the blueberries with cinnamon and lemon juice; place in a greased 8-inch square baking dish. In a bowl combine flour, sugar and baking powder, stir in milk and butter. Spoon over berries. Combine sugar and cornstarch, sprinkle over batter. Slowly pour boiling water over all. Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes, top will be nicely browned.
Field day to demonstrate winter plant protection of blueberries
There will be an on-farm field day to demonstrate different types of winter protection for blueberries on Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 6- 8 p.m. at 1765 Jackpine Road in Brimson. The seminar will be presented by Al Ringer.
Ringer received a Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Sustainable Agriculture grant to examine how different types of coverings protect blueberries during the winter months. Some of the methods included comparing traditional plant coverings and nontraditional plant coverings as well as investigating the feasibility of making snow for winter protection on a small agricultural scale.
To get there from Two Harbors, take Highway 2 and go north for 12 miles.
Turn Left (west) on County 14 and go another 12 miles. Turn left (south) on County 44 and go one half mile. Turn right (west) on Jack Pine Road and go one mile.
For more information, contact Al Ringer at 218-848-2475 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder for safe berry picking in Superior National forest
People picking berries on the Superior National Forest should be aware that spot application of herbicide to control invasive plants may occur on some roadsides within the Forest.
As part of a Forest Service-wide effort, Forest Supervisor Jim Sanders signed a decision in 2006 that allows for management of non-native invasive plants using a variety of methods including herbicide, hand-pulling, and biological controls.
The Superior National Forest has been working with partners such as the counties and state to control non-native invasive plants. Whenever possible, they will choose to use non-chemical means. However, herbicide spraying is often the most effective control for invasive plants that grow within the rights-of-way of roads. Through the end of August, they plan to use two approved herbicides, Milestone and Escort, both of which have low toxicity to people and wildlife.
Although they control the spray to stay within 25 feet of the road’s edge, they suggest that if you do pick berries next to a road, you move 50 feet from the road before you start picking. This will help ensure that your berries are from outside the treated area and that you are safe from traffic hazards.
As always, they urge berry-pickers to confirm identification of plants they are harvesting from and to be aware that some forest plants bear poisonous fruits.
Maps showing herbicide treatment sites are available at district offices in Grand Marais, Tofte, Aurora, Ely, and Cook and on the Superior National Forest Web site at www.fs.fed.us/r9/superior. For more information, contact Jack Greenlee at (218) 229-8817.