Wednesday, August 26, 2009

'Tis the Season!

Cat fight? Barbed-wire incident? Over-zealous ex-foliating?

Nope. Just time for some good-ole blackberry picking!
(Yes, Tami, that is MY ARM! It looked fine when I was done picking. The fine scratches don't really show up until the next day... It doesn't hurt, though.)

My berry picking friend and I agreed that long, leather gloves with the finger tips cut out would be a great bit of gear for this job!

It was well worth it, though. I came home with a couple of gallons of gorgeous, juicy berries - easily my best haul of the season to date.

We made some jam. I say "we" because it was too much fun for anyone to miss.
(Jeanine ~ my jam recipe is on the back of the fruit pectin box: lots of sugar, crushed fruit, pectin. I do freezer jam, so there is no canning involved. Canning it is easy, though, if you don't have freezer space.)

The kids even enjoyed scraping the seedy pulp out of the food mill and eating it straight. No waste here!

My little jam boys needed a bath afterwards, but it was well worth the clean up to see their happy faces slurping up the healthy goodness!

Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food." ~Genesis 1:29


  1. Yummy! What a lovely mess to clean up.

  2. Whoa - is that your arm??

    The spoonfuls look great!

  3. looks like lots of fun!! i need to find out your best picking place and head there:-)
    sorry i've missed you lately . . . will call tomorrow!

  4. I would really really love your jam recipe. I would like to make jam. It would go well on my homemade bread. How much fun did you have!!!!

  5. I was wanting to make a black berry cobbler a few days ago and after seeing your arm I was very happy to get my blackberries at the store. Your post saved me a lot of trouble.