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These lemon + blueberry scones are perfection! Lightly crunchy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, and absolutely melt-in-your-mouth delicious!
There is something about the process of growing your own food that feels magical, and the garden-to-table experience can be very empowering. It feels incredible to be able to feed your family with food from the garden that you built and tended to with your own hands. You know exactly where your food came from and how it’s been handled, and your food can be harvested at the peek of ripeness for intense flavors you won’t find at the supermarket!
Over the past few years, we’ve shared many of our favorite garden-to-table recipes including:
- Blueberry Muffins
- Blueberry-Apricot Jam
- Blueberry Breakfast Parfaits
- Blackberry Sorbet
- Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins
- Fresh Berries & Cream Tart
- The Best Pasta Salad Ever
- Garden Fresh Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad
- Homemade Fruit Rolls
- Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
- Zucchini Bites
- Spicy Zucchini Curly Fries and Zucchini Chips
- Zucchini Noodle Stir Fry
- Stuffed Zucchini
- Watermelon Strawberry Slushies
The blueberry bushes in our garden have been very productive this year, and we pick handfuls of dark ripe berries every day. My four-year-old, Simon, is especially fond of blueberries, so I usually have to race him to the garden in the morning if I want to harvest any berries for the rest of the family!
My mother-in-law has been raving about this scone recipe (slightly adapted from The Food Network), so Simon and I decided to make a batch using some of our blueberries and a lemon from our neighbor’s garden. I love having neighbors who like to swap garden goodies with me!
The scones are light and fluffy, and the texture actually reminds me of a muffin top with a crispy outer crust and a soft airy center. I usually think of scones as being dry, hard and sort of bland, but these are NONE of those things! They’re incredible!
My boys devoured half of the batch of scones before they even had a chance to cool down! They’re already dreaming up other fresh-from-the-garden flavor combinations that we can try next. One of them suggested making a zucchini bread scone, and another suggested a strawberry scone. I’m thinking that we need to try both of those ideas!
I love having a garden that provides my family with fresh and healthy foods, and there are a few tips and tricks that I have learned to help maximize our backyard harvest:
- Water on a consistent schedule! Here in California we are on strict water restrictions (due to severe drought conditions) that limit us to twice weekly landscape watering, but you are (currently) allowed to water your vegetable/fruit gardens every day (utilizing hand watering or a drip system). Watering on a consistent daily schedule will help to prevent plant shock that can accompany an every-few-days watering schedule. Consistent watering will translate into consistent production and more fruitful conditions for your garden plants. Water during the late evenings or early mornings to maximize the amount of water that is able to reach the plant’s roots and avoid sun evaporation.
- Invest in quality garden tools! We rely on Gilmour garden tools to keep our plants healthy and productive year after year. We use the Gilmour Flexogen, the only 8-layer hose (most hoses have only 6 layers), because it really is the longest-lasting and most durable hose available. It beats all others in abrasion, twist and burst tests, and it stands up to heavy use from our house full of boys. Flexogen’s lightweight build and layer of oxygen-infused foam greatly increase its flexibility, and results in a hose that can follow you around corners to different parts of the garden/lawn with ease. We always pair the Flexogen with Gilmour’s Ultimate Strength Durable Metal Watering Sprayer. It is definitely the best sprayer we’ve ever owned with its easy-to-change dial settings, comfortable grip, and “garden” setting that is ideal for watering fruits and vegetables. Plus, it NEVER leaks!
- Pick your fruit and veggies near the peek of ripeness! Most home grown fruits and vegetables will develop their best flavors at the peek of ripeness, so resist the temptation to pick them too early! Fruits and veggies that are ripened on the vine have a fresh and vibrant flavor that is unmatched by anything you find at the grocery store. You’ll know that your food is ready to harvest when it has developed its full color and is almost ready to come off of the vine/plant/tree on its own.
- Eat your garden-grown fruits and vegetables immediately or can/freeze for future use! Fruits picked at the peek of ripeness tend to become spoiled and overripe quickly, so plan on eating them right away or utilize canning and freezing methods to preserve your bounty year-round.