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Berrying the hatchet!

Today we went berrying! And I gathered much fruit! The tribe is pleased!

So the blueberry farm is open early this year because we didn't have a freeze this year. I told Mom we had to leave by 6 am to get there at 7 (opening). We took my dad's truck since I had to bring the wagon and I had not been aware that it was left out in the yard long enough to get really, really dirty. But you need a wagon to effectively berry-gather.

Mom, me and the kids all went. Pixie saw a scissor-tailed flycatcher on the way. It's around 50 minutes to get there, so I have to make it count when we go.

They've raised the rates to $2/pound for u-pick blueberries. And this year the blueberries are FANTASTIC. Big, juicy, super sweet. I had $40 cash (they don't take plastic) which meant no more than 20 pounds of berries. I said I had to make it count!

Want to see what 19.5 pounds of blueberries looks like?

The kids were big helpers, and ensured we got our ~20 pounds in an hour. By the time we left, the place was packed with cars and getting out was a challenge. But we had our twenty pounds of blueberries, which is about a year's supply for me.

(I have to give some to my brother, because he gave me some last year, but Mom gave me some money to make up for it)

On the way home my uncle called my mom and because she doesn't often hear from him, she talked and we shut off the GPS. I took the exit to Highway X and yet somehow we weren't on Highway X. After she finished with the call we figured out what road we were on and started working on how to get home. (To be fair, we were still heading in the right direction, and we weren't lost.) Then we saw a sign for u-pick blackberries, and the farm was close by. Why not? Let's go!

It wasn't too far and had lots of fresh-picked veggies, free-range eggs, and u-pick blackberries and strawberries. The strawberries could use another 2 weeks, though. Mom got a few plum tomatoes and we went nuts on the blackberries, because they were sweet like candy and enormous, and worth the pricks from the thorns. ;) Also, all berries/tomatoes were $3.50/lb, which is way cheaper than the last u-pick blackberry place I went to (around $7.50 or $8/lb). Awesome!

The blackberries could use some more time too, but we still found plenty of ripe ones. The above pic shows the red (unripe) berries plus the wildflowers that are scattered throughout the rows.

The farm is set up with rows of blackberry canes on wire fencing, and a row of veggies in the middle, such as squash, strawberries, broccoli, kale, etc. Imp, Mom and Pixie are visible here.

This is the bulk of the blackberries we brought home. The only thing is that they don't freeze well like the blueberries (most of which are now in the freezer) and they are already ripe, so we need to eat them in the next few days. I had to set some of these aside for my brother, too. As I type this, I have a blackberry cobbler in the oven, using my late grandmother's recipe, which yes, does include a whole stick of butter, but damn it, these blackberries are divine and so is this recipe. Besides, it's fruit, which is healthy, therefore this is a health food. :P Especially with vanilla ice cream on the side. Diet be damned for blackberries!


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May. 19th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
You're making me drool! The blackberries especially! Though I love blueberries too. Clever you to beat the crowds.
May. 20th, 2012 11:56 am (UTC)
These blackberries are the best I have ever tasted. Soooo sweet. The cobbler was fantastic, too. Blueberries are actually about 3rd or 4th on my list of favorites, but I enjoy picking them and making an experience out of it. I hope the kids remember it fondly. ^_^
May. 20th, 2012 06:17 am (UTC)
I love blackberries. There's a local variant called a Karaka Blackberry that seems to transport better and keep its flavour, but it doesn't freeze well either.

That it a huge amount of blueberries. Enjoy!
May. 20th, 2012 11:57 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so happy that these are so ripe and sweet. But I think it's good we didn't pick any more than we did (still a few pounds) because we have to eat them all so quickly.

I'm thinking blueberry pancakes for dinner. :9
May. 20th, 2012 11:51 am (UTC)
I miss blackberries so much! Back in the day we used to find them at the edges of my primary school, and I remember walking along the road near Grandma's house in high school picking them.

I thiiiink I get to go to a blackberry farm at christmas though - your post has made me determined to push for the blackberry farm ;)
May. 20th, 2012 11:58 am (UTC)
People say you used to be able to find them growing wild around here, all over the place, so you could pick just about anywhere when in season. But of course most of this area is developed now.

You should totally go to the blackberry farm! :D If we have more money in a couple of weeks I'm going to see if we can do the same. But this might be it for this year. (The cobbler was fantastic, too!)
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