Monday, July 20, 2009

A Berry Pickin' Post

Three things we love to do in the summer are: pick strawberries, pick raspberries and pick blueberries.
We pick them high and low, wild and cultivated, sweet and sour.

On farms and on hills, on ridges, in parks, woods and on the side of the road.

Alstede Farms in Chester, NJ has U-Pick-'em raspberries and strawberries.

We find wild blueberries at Arrow Park.

In some woods near our house- and all over Nyack - there are tons of wild raspberries. They don't look at all like the raspberries we buy in the store. See how shiny they are?

We picked for about 20 minutes on Saturday morning and brought home about 3 pints!

This is my favorite thing to do with them. (How about a little cereal with those berries?)
Do any berries grow wild near you?


Linda said...

Only blackberries. They were brought to our country in the early days.

We have roadside apples & plums.

We grow our own raspberries now, and found some baking recipes for them. When I was little my Mum made jam with them.

This was our experimenting this year.

Kitt said...

Oh, lovely! My (domestic) raspberries are just starting to ripen. I'm so glad I didn't pull them out! Lucky you to have wild berries to harvest.

Lzyjo said...

MMMM! Delicious! It's blackberry season here!

Anonymous said...

We have wild black raspberries -- they have come and gone but I picked a couple of quarts back in June.

I've planted on occasion blueberries, strawberries, and thornless raspberries - - no luck (the neighbors rampant use of of Round Up didn't help). Now a huge patch of wild raspberries has grown down near the beehives and we're all happy.

June said...

Our wild blackberries seem to be having an off year (after a boom time last). Our favorite EVER wild berries were the high-bush blueberries that grew around the cove at our last home. We picked them from the canoe. Oh, that was sheer heaven. Floating, talking, picking, eating. Some of the happiest hours of my life.

Thanks for sharing your happy hours with us. And thanks for stopping over our way. So good to have you!

tina said...

They look so good. The kids are too cute and make me smile with their enthusiasm.

JGH said...

Linda, those raspberry cupcakes look amazing! Thanks for the link.

Kitt, they seem to be in abundance everywhere. How cool that you have some of your own.

Liz, I'm on the lookout for a blackberry patch as well.

Black raspberries are delicious, too. I've also had trouble growing blueberries.

June, the blueberries that we pick are near the water too. You've given me an idea - maybe we could pick more in the rowboat!!

Tina, the little one near the blueberry bush is my neice - isn't she a peach?

brigit said...

The photos of the children are gorgeous. They bring back very sweet memories of when my daughter was young and we berry picked.

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