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A new item for this area: Gooseberries



2013-07-01 - Adair Annex, 424 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener. Gooseberries made what is believed to have been the first appearance of the uncommon pie ingredient around these parts when Danny and Debbie Burris brought this one small container to the Saturday, June 29, 2013, Farmer's Market on the Square. But the berries are familiar to a large number of Adair Countians who have lived and worked in Indiana, were great groaning board cafeterias, like Poe's in Martinsville and hundreds of others, but their uses go beyond pies. According to the entry in Wikipedia, Gooseberry, the berries, fools and crumbles or Brown Betties, to flavor beverages, and for jams and dried fruit, and in pickling. Maybe a reader knows more about them, including whether they can be eaten raw. The exciting thing is the quality of the berries and learning that Adair County truck farmers and gardeners are experimenting. Who would have thought, before Larry Martin made Metcalfe County the Blue Berry Capital, that the crop is ideal for Kentucky hill country soil? Maybe we'll see Adair County Gooseberry Pie on a restaurant menu here, one day this season. - EW
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