When, where & how to pick blackberries
mid to late July through August
Pick Your Own at Local Farms:
Click on a farm for address, Google map and contact information.
Highland Orchards (West Chester, PA) • Indian Orchards (near Media, PA)
Linvilla Orchards (Media, PA) • Shady Brook Farm (Yardley, PA)
Solebury Orchards (New Hope, PA) • Styer Orchard (Langhorne, PA)
Weaver's Orchard (Morgantown)
Milburn Orchards (Elkton, MD)
Blueberries may be the superstar superfood of this bunch, but blackberries and raspberries also provide an overall nutritional boost crucial to growing kids. Antioxidant-rich berries aid bone development through high levels of manganese and vitamin K, which aid calcium-absorption. And as brain food, berries help to improve memory and general cognitive function as a result of anthocyanins, the antioxidants that give fruit its distinctive color. So when you go picking, remember: The deeper the color, the bigger the nutrient punch.
Farmers' Picking Tip:
Pick blackberries with a dull finish. Blackberries that are shiny still need another day or half-day to ripen.
Blackberry Cheesecake Brownies
For the brownies
¾ cup cocoa powder
1½ cups sugar
12 Tbsp. unsalted butter
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. salt
For the blackberry puree
6 oz fresh blackberries
¼ cup granulated white sugar
¼ cup water
For the cheesecake
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
¼ cup Greek yogurt
1 large egg, room temperature
¼ cup sugar
½ tsp. salt
1. Cook blackberry puree by combining all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat for 8-10 mins. Use a whisk or spoon to help break down the blackberries. Once cooked, place a fine mesh strainer over a small bowl and, using a spatula, squeeze through all of the liquid and dispose of the solids. Let cool to room temperature.
2. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line an 8"x8" baking dish with parchment paper and set aside. In a microwave-safe mixing bowl, melt the butter. Stir in sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt. Once combined, fold in cocoa powder and flour. Pour the brownie batter into the baking dish, spreading evenly to the edges.
3. Combine all cheesecake ingredients in a standing mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Cream for 2-3 mins. on medium-high speed. Pour over brownie batter, spreading evenly to the edges. Drizzle the blackberry puree on top of the cheesecake batter and swirl using a fork, knife, or toothpick. Try to swirl only into the cheesecake batter, not the brownie batter.
4. Bake for 1 hour, or until the cheesecake begins to turn golden and a knife inserted in the center of the brownies comes out mostly clean. Place in fridge and allow to cool for at least 2 hours but up to overnight. Cut into 9 large squares. Store brownies in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.