We have continued to enjoy the cooler weather and the rain—we got 1.5” last weekend! The berries from the autumn olive bush, or autumnberries, are beginning to ripen, and this is looking like it will be a good year for them! Even though it’s not autumn yet, the cooler weather has brought them on.The autumn olive is originally from Asia, and considered an invasive species, as it is now growing wild in many parts of the midwest. The upside, though, is that the berries are delicious and nutritious (some think it will be the next superfood)! Autumnberries have over 15 times more lycopene than tomatoes. Lycopene is good for the prostate, as well as potentially lowering the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. Not only that, autumnberries are also high in antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, and E! They are tart-sweet, and have small edible seeds. We like just snacking on them plain, but they are also good in salads, fruit salads, smoothies, jam…we have made a really good fruit leather of it in the past too!