Saturday, July 05, 2008

Blackberry Harvest

No, not the fancy phone, the kind you eat or make into jelly or pies.

I was kind of surprised at how good they looked this year, given the drought. The cool spring and summer (so far) must have done them some good.

Now for the fun part: jelly, jam, pies…

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  1. Yuuuummmmmmmmm! Can you send some my way? :-)

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  2. I want to drop them into some vanilla ice cream just as they are.

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  3. Hey Bina! I'd be glad to, but I can't figure out how to attach them to an email…

    Boran, I thought about that too. I think all the vanilla got scarfed last night though. Wait… Mrs. Fetched says it wasn't, just need to find it…

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  4. Oh, YUM!!! Blackberries are my 2nd favorite, only behind strawberries.

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  5. Just finished making the jelly… 12 pints. Now where did I put the toaster?

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  6. Wow you were busy this weekend picking, FAR! Good for you. All we did was get weeds out and plants in instead. We just can't seem to do berries here and get anything of any consequence!

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  7. IVG, blackberries generally run wild (literally) down here. I used to joke that they use auto exhaust as fertilizer because you see so many thickets along roadsides. "Doing" blackberries here means making mental notes in April when they bloom, then waiting for July 4 weekend.

    I don't know if it's still there, but there used to be a place outside of Atlanta along I-85 with a HUGE blackberry thicket covering the roadside. There would usually be a dozen cars parked in the breakdown lane, with the owners out picking, this time of year.

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  8. Hiya FAR.

    I don't know where any thickets are around here. I know when lived in Arkansas they were everywhere.

    I know there must be some around here because I can remember my Grandmothers Blackberry jam. :)

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  9. FM, the best places to find them are anywhere you have a sun-shade border — edges of woods or even a couple of trees, roadsides, abandoned buildings, or sometimes in the open along fence lines — that's been left undisturbed for a couple of years. They tend to mix with tall grass or brush, which provides a little disguise.

    The easiest way to find them is to look for them when they're blooming; the white blossoms stand out against the green. Or just stop mowing your back yard; they'll come up on their own. ;-)

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