Fresh blueberries in the middle of summer to eat by the handful. Yum. Blueberries in all kinds of delicious concoctions? That means we can enjoy blueberries all year ‘round.
Georgia Blueberry Pie Filling from Pie Provisions
Just pour, bake, enjoy. That’s the premise behind this big jar of pie filling made with organic blueberries. It’s all put together for you by the folks at Pie Provisions, the brainchild of Woodstock Pie Bar’s Lauren and Cody Bolden. Blueberry is one in their line of Southern-inspired (and seasonal) pie filling flavors but it’s the only one to win the Flavor of Georgia competition. This year’s judges were clearly impressed (we were, too) by the bright fruit flavor (blueberries and lemon juice) and the spice mix (cinnamon and nutmeg). You can buy just the jar, or purchase a “perfect pie kit” with a jar of filling and a box of Pie Provisions’ do-it-yourself crust mix. Then to make that perfect pie, the only ingredients you need to provide are butter and water. A few minutes of work, an hour in the oven and your pie is done. (Don’t tell the folks at Pie Provisions, but that filling? It makes a great blueberry cobbler, too.)
$20 per 28-ounce jar, $30 for the Perfect Pie Kit. Available at The Market in Acworth, The Merchant at Krog Street Market and Waiting on Martha Home in Vinings as well as online at pieprovisions.com/ and at Pie Bar, 8720 Main Street, Woodstock.
Blueberry + Lavender Simple Syrup from Sallie’s Greatest
It takes 1 1/2 pounds of blueberries to make 1 1/2 cups of Sallie’s Greatest’s Blueberry + Lavender Simple Syrup. And with a bottle in hand, you’ve got summer drinks covered. Add vodka and lemon juice and you’ve got a beautiful blue Lemon Drop. Add rum and mint and there’s a mojito in minutes. Or just mix with sparkling water for something you can sip all day. This rich syrup is thick with blueberries and the lavender is just a subtle undertone. These small batch syrups are made in Cameron, South Carolina, by Sallie Dent Porth. The syrups also come in strawberry-basil, peach-mint and blackberry-spice-sage. Many have a counterpart in Sallie’s herbal fruit jams. We can’t wait to try them all.
$10.99 to $13.99 per 12.7-ounce bottle. Available at Total Wine & More, Little Five Points Package, Sherlock’s Wine Merchant and Ansley Wine Merchants. salliesgreatest.com/
Blueberry BBQ Sauce from Byne Organic Blueberry Farm
Pretty much due south of Augusta, in Waynesboro, Georgia, Dick Byne and his family are growing organic blueberries on 15 acres of family land. You can visit the farm and pick your own blueberries, or you can order some of their blueberry treats like dried blueberries, blueberry juice and even blueberry soap. The latest addition to their line of blueberry products? Their award-winning Blueberry BBQ Sauce, the winner of the hotly contested barbecue sauce category in the 2019 Flavor of Georgia competition. If you like a thick, rich and sweet barbecue sauce, you’ll be all over this one, just as those judges were. There’s plenty of smoke flavor along with the sweet blueberries so even if you just bake your chicken in the oven, when you baste it with this sauce, it’ll taste like you were smoking it all day. The sauce is made by Mark Cates of Wingin Out, a breakfast, lunch and supper spot in the Bynes home town. In fact, it was Cate’s idea to add the add blueberries to barbecue sauce. The sauce is seasonal because they have to wait for the blueberries before they make a new batch.
$6 per 12-ounce bottle. Available online at byneblueberries.com/ beginning July 6.
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