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A Fresh Take on Fresh Berries Recipe Contest

Thanks to everyone who entered the recipe contest! We loved trying your creations. Congratulations to our winners: Blackberry: Kerry G, Peppery Blackberry Flatbread Blueberry: June S, Berry Dreamy Blueberry Cornbread Raspberry: Annais S, Fresh Raspberry Avo-Lemon Tart Strawberry: Nikki G, Ginger Lemon Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles Mixed Berries: Liz H, Berry Beet Salad

One of the things I most look forward to in the summer is enjoying ripe, organic berries. Whether I’m slicing up strawberries to top on ice cream, rinsing blueberries to go in my favorite smoothie (the Double Green Smoothie for the record!) or turning plump raspberries into finger puppets like I did as a kid, fresh berries bring me such joy.

But beyond the simple joys of fresh berries, I love using their bright flavors to get creative in the kitchen, so I’m thrilled we’re hosting a recipe contest to see what you do to get creative with organic berries. You just might win a $250 Whole Foods Market gift card! The contest asks you to think far beyond morning yogurt parfait, simple fruit salad or berry ice cream. Instead, dream up unique ways to show off these colorful summertime gems. Pick one of five categories to enter (only one entry per person) – blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and mixed (two or more of the berries). We’re looking for big berry flavor, which is why we’re challenging you to keep things simple.

That means seven ingredients or less and no refined sugar! Are you up for it? You have until Friday, June 15 at 5 PM CDT to submit your recipe and recipe photo on the contest page. We’ll pick one winner from each category to receive a $250 Whole Foods Market gift card. Make sure to visit the contest page for the complete rules and to submit your recipe.

Here are some berry delicious recipes to get your creative juices flowing:

Are you bursting with berry creativity? Submit your recipe on the contest page. I can’t wait to taste them!

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Carol says …

Is Sucanat an allowed ingredient?

Laurial says …

I have a question about the contest. I know it says that staples like salt, pepper, and vegetable oils do not "count" in the 7 ingredient list. What about coconut oil or butter, or possibly even vanilla extract? Do those "count" in the 7 list, or are they considered pantry staples? (They certainly are in my house :)

Mary Ann Wallace says …

Bone-Building Fruit Smoothie 8 oz. frozen or fresh pineapple chunks 8 oz. favorite frozen or fresh organic berries 3 large organic bananas 1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh ginger Juice of one organic lemon Add enough water or pineapple juice to blend to the consistency you like (more for a drink; less for a "spoonable" treat) 4 to 8 Servings

Paige says …

Citrus Avocado Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing Grapefruit slices Dried Tart Cherries from Michigan (Shoreline is the brand that I use) Please do not sub dried cranberries or Crasins Strawberries, Blueberries, and/or Blackberries Walnuts, Almonds, Toasted Pepita, and/or Toasted Sunflower seeds Feta Cheese Mixed Spring Greens Avocado Slices Quantities - as much or as little of the ingredients as you like. I have substituted Granny Smith slices for the grapefruit for people who have a drug interference with grapefruit Poppy Seed Dressing Blend the following together in the food processor or blender: 3/4 Cup Sugar 1 t dry mustard 1 t salt (optional) 1/3 C Cider Vinegar 1 T fresh grated onion juice Slowly add 1 C Salad Oil of your choice (Olive is too heavy for this) until thick and smooth. Stir in 1 T poppy seed. Store in Fridge Enjoy!!!

NancyB says …

GRANDMA PITTMAN’S FRESH STRAWBERRY GLAZED PIE 1 baked pie shell (deep dish) 1 quart fresh organic strawberries, hulled, washed and drained ¾ C. water 3 T. cornstarch 2/3 C. white granulated sugar (or raw sugar, minus 1-2 T.) 1 tsp. lemon juice Directions: Sprinkle baked piecrust lightly with confectionary sugar. Line a cooled, baked pie shell with whole strawberries, reserving 1 ¼ C. berries for the glaze. Chop berries and mix with ¾ C. water. Cook over med-low heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Combine cornstarch and sugar and add to cooked strawberries. Cook until thick and clear, stirring constantly. Cool slightly and pour into baked pie shell. Chill in refrigerator until completely cool. Serve with homemade whipped cream topping (not too sweet). Spread whipped cream on top and serve.

Sam Saenz says …

Is it ok if we use a flour mix such as Pamala's Gluten Free Baking Mix?

Megan says …

@Mia Just in case, please email your photo to berries@wholefoods.com Thanks!

Donna Bardocz says …

I was unable to submit my recipe from the enter website because I keep getting the error "Please make sure your image is a jpg.". Mine was and was way under the 2 MB limit. I sent both my recipe and the photo to berries@wholefoods.com instead with hoping that all the work to develop the recipe and make it and get a good photo will allow me to be in the contest that ends tomorrow. Did you get my email and will you confirm my entry will be considered please? Thank you in advance. :-)

Megan says …

@Donna We received your entry, thanks!

Susan Asato says …

I also got the same jpg error message when trying to submit my entry, even though my photo was a jpg well under the 2MB limit. I just emailed my recipe and photo to berries@wholefoods.com, and would appreciate confirmation that it was received. Thank you!

Taylor Henning says …

I have tried several times to submit my recipe and photo - my photo IS a jpg and I keep getting the same response as DONNA! So I am sending mine to the berries address as well. PLEASE let me know you have received it! Thanks! Taylor

Barbara Shreffler says …

Hey there! My husband and I had so much fun working on this. We submitted our entry the day before the deadline but I am wondering...did you guys get it?? Also, looking back at my jpeg, it appears to be 2.2 mb. The site took it but I hope that difference doesn't disqualify our entry. When we the results be posted? Will they be announced on this page?? Thanks for the fun and of course, the awesome organic fruit. Best, Barbara

Nora says …

I was having difficulty upload my picture with recipe. I hope it's ok that I emailed both recipe and picture to berries@wholefoods.com Thanks.

Daja says …

So fun! I just entered!

mia says …

Hi I also had an issue and kept getting the reply please make sure your image is a jpeg. I had our IT guy take a look as well and eveything is "ok" I want to make sure you got mine on your end? thank you Mia

Kathy says …

I've tried to submit my picture and recipe 3 times and it won't accept my submission because the site isn't taking my pic. I'll send it all to your e-mail address. Thanks!

Leslie says …

Who won?

Sarah says …

When will the winners be announced?

Megan says …

@Sarah, Leslie, et al: Winners have been posted, at the top of this blog post!

Dana Richmond says …

How do we get the recipes from the winners of the Berry recipe contest?

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