With temperatures in the 90's today, after attempting to work in the garden the one thing on my mind was GETTING COOL. So I pulled out the 'ol popsicle molds and stood with the fridge door open too long to get some inspiration. The result was amazing. And the best part? All of the ingredients are from companies we love, and you can buy all of the ingredients yourself at the Shoreline Farmer's Market.
Here's what you'll need:
- Rainy Day Bees honey (of course)
- Raw local honey - what could be better?
- Starvation Alley Farms cranberry juice
- Peter and I have fallen in love with cranberries in our smoothies, and Starvation Alley is the first organic cranberry producer in Washington.
- Smith Brothers Farms Milk
- All other milk pales in comparison (no really, we can't make ourselves drink other milk).
- Frozen blueberries
- We picked these blueberries at Cottage Gardens Blueberry Farm in Duvall, which has 7 ft tall heirloom blueberry bush-trees. We highly recommend them for Seattle-area u-pick.
Ok - I'll stop with the love fest now and give you the recipe! It's very simple:
- 2 cups frozen blueberries
- 2 tablespoons raw honey (or more...)
- 1/2 cup cranberry juice
- 1 cup milk
Put all the ingredients into the blender. Yep, it's that easy. At this point I was incredibly tempted to just drink the mixture. That is fully an option, because this is a tasty smoothie in its own right.
But if you have the patience, poor the mixture into a popsicle mold, stick it in the freezer and wait for at least 4 hours. This made just the right amount for my 6-popsicle mold.
Here's the final product, in it's tart, sweet and tasty glory. Farmer Pete noted that while the above amount of sweetness was perfect when drinking the recipe as a smoothie, he would add another tablespoon of honey to the popsicles. So - you choose for you!
You may wonder where Peter was in the midst of this? He was in the heat harvesting over 100 lbs of honey. In this heat the honey runs very easily out of the extractor, so we (and by we, I completely mean Peter, since I collapsed in the basement) are taking advantage of the hot weather and getting product ready for our next market on July 18th.