Raspberries are plentiful this year as are the festivals! Here's a few we found:
Northwest Raspberry Festival at Lynden, WA July 15-16, 2011
Hopkins Raspberry Festival at Hopkins, MN July 9-11, 2011
Bear Lake Raspberry Festival Days at Garden City, UT August 4-6, 2011
Raspberry Festival at Cottonwood, Idaho August 7, 2011
I'm sure there are more festivals this summer and plenty of farms to pick your own fresh raspberries.....great outdoor activity for the little ones......just be careful of the chiggers!
Here's a recipe from Betty Crocker's 1950 Cookbook for raspberry pie. The pie is actually Berries and Cream Pie and you can choose to make it with blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, or even peaches.......same delicious result.
Berries and Cream Pie
Make Pastry for one 9" pie (or buy one....)
Place 4 cups fresh berries in pie crust
Mix together and pour over berries:
2/3 cup sugar
4 tbsp. Gold Medal flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup cream (30%)
Bake until crust is nicely browned and filling set. Serve slightly warm.
Temperature; 400 degrees (a moderate hot ove)
Time: Bake 35-40 minutes
Now, if you need a Christmas ornament to make picking raspberries, attending a festival, baking or eating a raspberry pie a sweet memory......we have an ornament for you! Merck Family's Old World Christmas Raspberries.
This Old World Christmas ornament is retired.....we have only a few left in stock so don't let it slip by! Cluster of purplish red raspberries with green leaves. Ornament measures approximately 2 3/4" and is made of mouth blown, hand painted glass.
The Hang Tag reads: Raspberries are a symbol of kindness in Christian art. Their red juice signifies the heart where kindness originates. Raspberries are a delicate fruit, so they symbolize fragility as well. Raspberries are thought to have medicinal benefits, especially associated with pregnancy and childbirth.