Delicious, sweet and healthy blueberries are growing on Georgia farms now through July.
Denise Sawyer, a Georgia Blueberry Commission spokeswoman, blogs about the tasty little berries at georgiablueberry.com.
The mother of two, teacher and creator of wholesomemommy.com, said: "Most people think of blueberries for dessert or breakfast. I've made some more savory dishes. I'll have recipes and tips on the blog."
She also shares personal stories from her family's blueberry picking adventures.
"It's not hard. I did it last year while pregnant. It's definitely not as hard as blackberries that have thorns. Wear sunscreen. It's an easy family activity," she said.
A favorite comfort food for Sawyer is blueberry muffins. She makes a huge batch and freezes them. The night before she wants to serve the muffins, she puts them in the fridge to thaw. In the morning, she pops them in the toaster oven for a few minutes before eating.
She loves to share this comforting classic.
"It's one of those things I make for people when they've just had a baby or had a loved one die," she said.
She also enjoys pancakes with homemade blueberry syrup. To make it, just put blueberries in a pan with water and sugar until sugar melts. "It's cheaper than maple syrup," she said.
Her 3-year-old son Judah is a big fan of blueberries and has a healthy appetite, Sawyer said.
"When he started eating solid food we just mashed up what we were having. He loved veggies and fruits," Sawyer said. Mango and avocado are his favorites.
She hopes her 7-month-old daughter Eliana will be as adventurous because Sawyer knows food can bring families together.
As a kid, her family gathered around the table for dinner every night. "It was like any 'Andy Griffith' show. I have warm memories about that."
Here's her recipe for granola bars.
Georgia Blueberry Granola Bars
½ honey cup honey
¼ cup brown sugar (packed)
3 tablespoons butter plus extra for buttering your pan
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1½ cups quick cooking oats
2 cups of fresh, Georgia blueberries
½ cup slivered almonds
2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9x9 pan and set aside. Mix together the honey, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for about 2 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and remove from heat.
In a separate bowl, mix together oats, almonds, and Georgia blueberries. Pour the hot liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir carefully until all the ingredients are mixed well.
Pour the granola mixture into the buttered dish. Press the ingredients down tightly into the pan with a buttered piece of parchment or wax paper. Bake, uncovered for 40 minutes. Cool. Cut into 12 to 14 granola bars.