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Mississippi Blueberries

About half of Mississippi’s blueberries are sold on a pick-your-own basis or sold independently through farmers markets, local stores, etc. There are approximately 2700 acres in blueberry production in Mississippi with the majority of blueberry acreage in the Southern half of the state. Blueberry season is May – September with June / July being the peak harvest.

Enjoy blueberries year round.  For best results when freezing, do not wash the berries. Freeze them dry in plastic freezer containers. Wash them right before using them in your favorite recipes. 

Slow Cooker Blueberry Cobbler

4 cups fresh blueberries

1/2 cup sugar, divided in half

1 Tablespoon cornstarch

2 teaspoons grated orange zest

1 c. all purpose flour

1/2 cup old fashioned oatmeal

2 Tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup orange juice

1/4 cup milk

1/4 cup butter, melted

Confectioner’s sugar or ice cream

Spray a slow cooker crock with nonstick cooking spray. Add blueberries, 1/4 cup sugar, cornstarch and orange zest to crock. Toss until evenly coated.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, oatmeal, remaining sugar, brown sugar, baking powder and cinnamon.

Gradually stir in orange juice, milk and butter. Spoon over berry mixture in crock.

Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW for 3 hours. Sprinkle with confectioners’ sugar before serving or serve with a scoop of ice cream.

Information prepared by Nancy Freeman, Consultant, msunancyf@bellsouth.net

Information provided by Farm Families of Mississippi, farmfamilies-staging.pntmsip1-liquidwebsites.com