The corks will pop at 6 p.m. Thursday for Reading Between the Wines, a benefit for the Adult Literacy League, at the Orlando Science Center. Tickets are $75. Call 407-422-1540 or check out adultliteracyleague.org for information. In the meantime, let's dish:
Singing the blues. Continuing my countdown to Earth Day, this week I'm celebrating Florida's blueberry season. Here's a sampling of my favorite you-pick farms (call for times):
B&G Blueberries, 10203 N.E. 100th St., Fort McCoy; 352-236-4410: Opening Saturday.
Beck Brother's Blueberries, 12500 Overstreet Road, Windermere; 407-656-5344: Opening Thursday.
Blue Bayou Farms, 26921 Bloomfield Ave., Yalaha (next to the Yalaha Bakery); 352-324-4069: Opening soon for blueberry.
Green Acres, 8563 High St., Yalaha; 352-360-5445; blueberries and peaches: Opening today.
H&H Berry Farms, 15217 County Road 455, Montverde; 321-436-5830: You-pick and already picked.
Heather Oaks Farm, 4240 Christmas Lane, Lady Lake; 352-753-1184: Other produce as well.
Holland Family Farm, 4400 Bouganvilla Drive, Mims; 321-269-9502: Opening later this month.
Lake Catherine Blueberries, 5849 Lake Catherine Road, Groveland; 352-551-4110; Opening April 20.
Mark's U-Pick Blueberries, 18900 County Road 561, Clermont; 352-394-2135; Opening later this month.
Meadors Blueberry Farm, 3685 Orlando Ave., Mims; 407-383-6639: Also has honey and concessions.
Sand Hill Farm, 31614 Bottany Wood Drive, Eustis; 352-636-8204: Opening later this month.
Tom West Blueberries, 324 E. Orlando Ave., Ocoee; 407-656-3223: Opening April 20.
Every year on April 22 more than 1 billion people take part in Earth Day. Supporting Florida blueberry farmers is one way you can participate.
At the farm and in the supermarket, look for plump berries with a blue-gray color and inspect for mold or shriveling. At home, wash, drain and dry completely. Freeze berries in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Pour frozen berries into a sealable container. No need to defrost before using.
Check out our test-kitchen recipes using blueberries at OrlandoSentinel.com/thedish.
Save the date. The Winter Garden Harvest Festival is May 4 in the downtown historic district of the west Orange County city. From 9 a.m.-2 p.m. there will be a producer-only farmer and food market at the intersection of South Lakeview Avenue and Tremaine Street. In addition to more than 60 local food purveyors, organizers have planned gardening workshops and cooking demonstrations. In the evening, a ticketed farm-to-table dinner will feature chefs, local and seasonal farm-fresh ingredients, and some of Central Florida's best microbrews and spirits. For details, check out wintergardenharvestfestival.com.
Heather McPherson can be reached at 407-420-5498, Twitter@OS_thedish and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow daily food news at OrlandoSentinel.com/thedish.
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