Fresh picked blackberries from the local farm makes for a refreshing Blackberry Agua Fresca.
How gorgeous are these blackberries? That color is just perfect. Blackberries are my favorite berry of them all. I know it is really hard to pick favorites but if I had to choose, I would have to pick the blackberry. I remember growing up my Grandma had the biggest blackberry bush on the side of her driveway. Every year I looked forward to late summer when the blackberries were finally ripe. I could eat bowl full of those berries. Sadly many years ago my Grandpa decided to cut down the blackberry bush. I was devastated. I still remember that tree and the memories of my Grandma when I see a blackberry today. This summer I really wanted to go blackberry picking. Before this summer, I had never been before. I found a berry farm that offered u-pick blackberries and I couldn’t have been happier.
I just love u-picks! I think it is one of my favorite things about living in West Michigan. There is no shortage of u-pick farms and orchards. Seasonal eating has become really important to me over the past few years and picking your own berries is a great way to take advantage of what is in season.
Besides eating the berries fresh, I wanted to make a light and refreshing drink. Agua frescas are my go-to beverage when I want a simple and easy drink. Agua frescas are a great way to highlight seasonal fruits without having to add lots of sugar. For this Blackberry Agua Fresca I only added a few tablespoons of agave nectar. You can always add more if you prefer your drinks on the really sweet side. I also added in the juice of a lime. Blackberries and lime go really well together. A perfect drink to enjoy before the weather cools down and fall is officially here.