Sunday, August 9, 2009

In the land of purple fingers......

About half a mile from my house there is a little patch of blackberries. I have been watching and waiting for them to ripen, but I think someone picks them (other than me, gasp!) and so I have missed the sweet ones every time. But then, two days ago, I saw another patch a little further up the road. It takes a two block walk up the street and there is no close parking. I figured today, after my foraging in the bald patch, that I would walk up there and see what I could find.

Oh I wish I had brought a camera!! There were only about 6 ft of berries... but they were COVERED! I was dropping berries on the ground for the ants to eat (so very not on purpose, although I was glad to see that ants were eating them) just trying to get into the berry goodness that was around me. I got honked at a couple times, and gaped at more (people really don't know that berries grow on bushes around here... it is amazing) but I got about 10 cups of blackberries from that one small patch.

My dad is getting married in two weeks, and his favorite berry is blackberries. I really wanted to make something for the potluck reception they are having with blackberries but I wasn't sure if I would get enough. But enough was certainly provided today. *glee*

I got home and Logan couldn't wait to taste one. :)

This basket below is about 1 1/2 ft across. And it is full to the brim. It was such a great forage!

And joy of all joys, look what I have going on in my own garden:

Very happy local foodie today. :)




Dina said...

so envious (but in a good way) of your berry finds! it is amazing to this city girl LOL

Unknown said...

yummmmm! I love picking wild berries. i have many secret spots to pick red raspberries. I need to make some jam.

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Dina... I am not remembering where you are, but I think you would find some of these patches like I do if you knew where to look. Have you ever tried ""? They often have resources to get free, local, organic or wild foods around your area. All you have to do is put in your zip code. :)

Flowrgirl... jam. I haven't made jam in years. Mainly becuase organic jam is very inexpensive compared to the price of fruit and the time it would take to make it. ;) But I think your jam sounds wonderful! Wild raspberries??? YUM!

HereBeDragons said...

Yum yum yum.
So jealous.

Unknown said...

Oh God, I am so envious!! I haven't picked wild blackberries since I was a little girl - it was one of my favourite things. Thanks for the trip down memory lane :)

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