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The 2013 season has begun!! Black raspberries will be available again this year and we anticipate peak availability after July 7.

*For the 2013 year, red raspberries will not be available. The weather of 2011 and 2012 was not conducive for new growth and new red raspberry plants are still maturing. It is our goal to provide you with an even better crop in future years!

We're looking forward to seeing repeat and new customers in our 2013 season!

RECIPES / NUTRITION

Raspberry Bavarian Cream
1 pkg. black raspberry jello (small)
Pint red raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 container frozen whipped topping thawed
Make jello and let set up a little. Beat the jello until frothy then beat in the whiped cream. Fold in thawed (or fresh) raspberries. Can put in a mold if desired. Refrigerate until set.

Ellen's Dad's Raspberry Cobbler
Mix 1 C Black Raspberries, 1 C Sugar, 1 C Water, and 3 T Cornstarch.
Heat on low heat until slightly thickened.
Put 2 C additional berries in a 9 x 9 backing pan (preferably glass).
Pour thickened mixture over berries.
For topping, combine 2 T Sugar, 1 C Flour, 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder, 1/4 C Butter or Margarine. Mix until crumbly.
Mix together 1 egg and 1/4 C Milk. Add to crumbly mixture. Stir.
Spoon topping over berries. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.

Raspberry Vinaigrette
1 1/3 cups fresh raspberries or thawed frozen unsweetened raspberries
1/3 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
2 1/2 teaspoons olive or canola oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
mixed salad greens
Directions:
Press raspberries through a sieve, reserving juice; discard seeds.
In a jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the broth, sugar, vinegar, oil, mustard and reserved juice. Refrigerate.
Shake before serving over salad greens.

Mom’s Black Raspberry Dumplings
First make the syrup:
Combine 1 C. Sugar, 2 C. Water, with 1/3 C. cornstarch into a sauce pan.
Bring to a boil, stirring until all sugar is dissolved.
Turn off heat and make dumplings.
For dumplings:
Combine 2 C. Flour, ½ C. Shortening, 3 tsp. Baking Powder, 1 tsp. Salt and 2/3 C. milk.
Mix thoroughly. Roll out to ¼ to 3/8 in. thick.
Cut into 7 in. diameter circles (can use a lid that is about that size to cut).
Put ½ to ¾ C. black raspberries on each circle. Then pull up edges and pinch closed.
Take dumplings and place seam side down in a casserole or deep baking dish that has been lightly sprayed with pam.
Make a 1 in. hole in the top of each dumpling. Pour syrup into dumplings and fill 2/3 full (syrup will rise around them).
Scatter a few berries across the top. Sprinkle 2 T. Sugar across the top.
Heat in a microwave oven for 10 minutes.
Transfer to a preheated 400 degree oven and cook until browned on top.

Raspberries great source of possible cancer preventing
ellagic acid

Fighting cancer by the bramble
The following is an article published in the Columbus Dispatch:
Issue Date: Tuesday, May 22, 2007 Reporter: Mike Lafferty

Scientists are hot to unlock the medicinal secrets of black raspberries After nearly two decades under the microscope, black raspberries are beginning to look a lot like a medical superfruit, one of an emerging group that researchers jokingly call "fruiticeuticals."

In the 1990s, Gary Stoner, an Ohio State University cancer scientist, showed thagary stonert concentrated doses of black raspberries seemed to help fight tumor formation in the colon and esophagus. Stoner’s work was followed by that of other OSU researchers who showed that the fruit inhibited the formation of oral-cancer tumors, at least in tissue cultures and in hamsters.

Most recently, research showed that a gel made from black raspberry extract halted skin-cancer development in lab animals. "In terms of shutting down the inflammatory response, we’ve never seen anything like it," said Dr. Anne VanBuskirk, an immunologist and surgeon in Ohio State’s College of Medicine. Inflammation and tumor formation are closely associated, and if the fruit can stop inflammation, then it also might knock out cancer long before it forms. Stoner now gives dozens of lectures annually.

And the research is attracting federal grants, something Stoner said wasn’t easy in the early days. "They were only interested in drug (research)," he said. Now, the government has a branch that studies diet-related disease prevention, and scientists nationwide are trying to understand the anti-cancer attributes of many fruits and vegetables. But there is something about black raspberries.

In March, University of Pittsburgh scientists reported that black raspberry extract killed leukemia cells in cultures while sparing healthy cells. The hope is that black raspberries and other botanicals might provide doctors with less toxic alternatives to drug and radiation therapy, said Dr. Xiao-Ming Yin, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

The attention is focused on anthocyanins, chemicals that give spring flowers and autumn leaves their vibrant colors. The chemicals are abundant in blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, elderberries, grapes and plums. The darker the fruit, the more anthocyanins. Among common fruits, black currants have the highest levels, roughly one-third more than black raspberries. However, Stoner points out that black raspberries have several forms of the compound while black currants have one.

In plants, anthocyanins act as a sunscreen, absorbing highfrequency blue-green light. As antioxidants, they scavenge free radicals that form in plant tissue through ultraviolet radiation. Such wide functionality means blackberry extracts likely are effective in many types of cancers, scientists say. And red raspberries, blueberries, grapes and raisins, strawberries and other fruit containing anthocyanins also are likely beneficial, Stoner said.

Stoner, who eats about 16 ounces of fresh berries a week, said he became interested in black raspberries in the 1980s, when he concentrated his studies on the anti-cancer effects of ellagic acid. "I was naive," Stoner said. Black raspberries actually contain many compounds with antioxidant qualities. But it wasn’t until the mid-1990s that Stoner turned to anthocyanins, which began to emerge as the most potent of the compounds.

Anthocyanins appear to work by inhibiting compounds that weaken the immune system and stimulate tissue inflammation. They also seek out and destroy harmful free-radical molecules that circulate in the body, attack cells and cause aging, heart disease and cancer. Exactly how they do this, however, remains a mystery.

University of Pittsburgh research has shown that a form of anthocyanin called cyanidin-3-rutinoside is a strong antioxidant and is similar to compounds called polyphenols, which are found in green tea. And it causes cancer cells to break down. The Pittsburgh scientists found that cyanidin-3-rutinoside caused potent oxidants called peroxides to accumulate and kill leukemia cells. Anthocyanins appear particularly useful for people who have had cancer surgery and are at risk of recurrence.

In a study at Ohio State, Dr. Chris Weghorst is giving patients concentrated black raspberry powder before they undergo oral-cancer surgery. "Many of these patients are chronic smokers. Their oral cavity is not normal. There is a high likelihood of a new tumor developing or cancer recurring," he said. The idea is to maximize the exposure time of the extract on the gums by having a lozenge melt slowly in the patient’s mouth. "One of the big questions is, can you expect someone to take three lozenges, four times a day for six months," Weghorst said.

In VanBuskirk’s skin-cancer experiment, lab animals were dosevanbuskirkd with a salve of concentrated extract. VanBuskirk wants to use it in patients who have a high risk of developing skin cancer, especially organ recipients. The anti-rejection medicines that they must take can cripple their immune systems, making them susceptible to the ill effects of sunlight. The anthocyanin levels in extracts are 10 times more concentrated than in fresh black raspberries.

The extracts are made using freeze-dried berries grown in one field at a fruit farm near Wilmington, Ohio. Scientists suspect the different anthocyanins in black raspberries work together and with other antioxidants in the berries. "When you get multiple antioxidants … it’s like putting a battery in the immune system," said Dr. Arnold Leonard, a researcher at the University of Minnesota. Concentrated black raspberry extracts gave 200 times the anti-inflammatory benefits of aspirin, but without the side effects, Leonard said. "If anyone had told me 10 years ago I’d be using this stuff, I’d tell them I’d be in the loony bin," he said.

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