The wild blueberry was first commercially harvested during the Civil War to provide canned nutrition for the Union soldiers, but European settlers had found native people tending the low growing bushes, drying the berries for winter food. The Passamaquoddy tribe in Maine still harvests the berries. Along with all the other growers in Maine, they use the blueberry rake to scoop berries by the hundreds.
My table this week was inspired by a gift basket Mr. Fun received, filled with Maine Wild Blueberry goodies, including jam, syrup, and the dishtowels I used for a table cover. Like a good native New Yorker, he loves New England!! So I’ve set a nice table for him on the deck, under the tree which used to be pink.
My blue Queen’s dishes rest on beautiful Lenox dishes and my favorite berry chargers. The wicker placemats and napkin rings remind me of berry baskets.
Mr. Fun likes to eat healthy, so I’ve provided vanilla yogurt, granola and blueberries (alas, not wild!) for him to mix up in a delicious concoction of his own invention.
Looks like we have company. They can eat the granola on the table.
We’ve had our dairy, grain, fruit and protein. Now for the fun stuff. But we’ll need to use the Lenox dishes.
This set includes dishes in Plum Blossom, Pear Blossom, and Peach Blossom, each with a sprig of blueberries!