Farmer’s Market Finds: Blackberries

Welcome to Farmer’s Market Finds—a summer series on what to buy at the farmer’s market week to week. Every Wednesday, we’ll visit Union Square Greenmarket in New York City and choose one in-season fruit or vegetable to focus on. Then we’ll share some of our favorite recipes to try out at home. This week, it’s all about blackberries.

Blackberries are the summer fruit you didn’t know you needed. They’re only truly in season in August, so now’s the perfect time to experiment with this tangy berry. When you’re on the hunt for them, choose blackberries that are deep in color for the most sweetness. Ideally, you want to choose berries that are shiny and firm, as opposed to soft and mushy. Use them within a week, or freeze them (like this) for up to a year. However you want to utilize this juicy fruit, these tempting recipes are a delicious place to start.


Plum and Blackberry Pie

Photo by Sarah Karnasiewicz

Flaky on the outside and gooey on the inside, plums and blackberries make the perfect pair in this indulgent pie. Make it fancy with a lattice top, or keep it simple with a single sheet of pastry dough. 

Get the recipe: Plum and Blackberry Pie


Blackberry Wine Pops

Photo by Jennifer Causey

Enjoy your summertime wine in popsicle form with this 3-ingredient treat. Choose a light, fruity red like Pinot Noir or Gamay, and the sweetest, ripest blackberries you can find. Serve these pops at your outdoor barbeque, or stash them in the freezer for the hottest days of the year. 

Get the recipe: Blackberry Wine Pops


Rolled Blackberry and Cream Cake

Photo by Samantha Seneviratne

Although this decadent dessert may look intimidating, it’s super simple and takes just an hour to whip up. Blackberries and cream are the heart of it, forming a rich, creamy center that’s balanced by the sweet tanginess of the berries.

Get the recipe: Rolled Blackberry and Cream Cake


Blackberry Ginger Ice Cream Float

Photo by Levi Brown

Ditch the classic root beer float and swap it out for something fruitier. Ginger beer adds a small kick of heat, vanilla ice cream brings the sweetness, and to top it all off, blackberries provide a tartness that perfects the flavor. Satisfy your sweet tooth and serve these up after a long day in the scorching sun.

Get the recipe: Blackberry Ginger Ice Cream Float


Buttermilk Pancakes With Pan-Roasted Pears and Blackberries

Photo by Christopher Testani

Wake up on the right side of the bed with delicious buttermilk pancakes, ready in just 15 minutes. Pan-roasting the pears and blackberries to intensify their flavor for an exciting maple syrup alternative.

Get the recipe: Buttermilk Pancakes With Pan-Roasted Pears and Blackberries