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June 22, 2022

Hi All!

Hoping to hit some berry farms on our jaunts. Always try to support the growers and snap up the freshest stuff. But if you can pick yourself some of the fresh fruits you'll want to try your hand (and this is something anyone could do) at this lovely
& SIMPLE SUMMER FRUIT PIE. You don't have to whip up a crust from scratch just take advantage of the prepared frozen ones and look out Baker's Squa re.

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1 (9 inch) frozen pie crust, thawed
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup white sugar
1 (11 ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 cup fresh strawberries, halved
4 kiwi, peeled and sliced
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll pastry into an 11 inch circle. Lay flat on a baking sheet or pizza pan. Prick several times with a fork. Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes, until light brown. Remove and allow tocool completely. In a small mixing bowl, beat together cream cheese and sugar until mixture is creamy and smooth. Spread evenly onto cooled pastry. Arrange fruit in a decorative pattern over cream cheese layer. Chill until ready to serve.

CATEGORIES: Fruits, Desserts, Pies
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[Raspberries, Boysenberries, and Similar Berries]

Look for: A bright, clean appearance and a uniform
good color for the species. The individual small cells
making up the berry should be plump and tender but not
mushy. Look for berries that are fully ripened, with
no attached stem caps. Avoid: Leaky and moldy berries.
You can usually spot them through the openings in the
ventilated plastic containers. Also look for wet or
stained spots on wood or fiber containers, as possible
signs of poor quality or spoiled berries.


Fresh blueberries are on the market from May through
September. Generally, the large berries are cultivated
varieties and the smaller berries are wild varieties.
Look for: A dark blue color with a silvery bloom is the
best indication of quality. This silvery bloom is a
natural, protective, waxy coating. Buy blueberries that
are plump, firm, uniform in size, dry, and free from
stems or leaves.


Look for: Strawberries with a full red color and a
bright luster, firm flesh, and the cap stem still
attached. The berries should be dry and clean, and
usually medium to small strawberries have better eating
quality than large ones. Avoid: Strawberries with large
uncolored areas or with large seedy areas (poor in flavor
and texture), a full shrunken appearance or softness
(signs of over ripeness or decay), or those with mold,
which can spread rapidly from one berry to another.