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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Tis the season for... berry-picking!

Good morning bears and not-a-bears! It is 6:30 am and I've been told that we are on a beary important mission. Mama has been scoping out the situation and it is officially... the start of blackberry season!

Yes indeedy... the first of the luscious blackberries are ready to pick.

It didn't take long to get 1/4 of the bucket filled... but we need some more.

 This looks like a good branch! I... of course... do not touch blackberries except to have them fed to me (like someone fed grapes to Cleopatra)... blackberries are super juicy and I don't think juice stains would come off my fur beary well!

While we were picking... I noticed some chicory plants. This is a European weed that's been introduced to North America. Apparently you can use the roots to make a coffee substitute... but... the reason I was interested in them was...

Do you see it???

The bees love chicory too - see that bee in the one flower? They were moving around so fast though it was hard to get a good picture.

 Anyhow... there we go... a bucket of blackberries. Admittedly it is not a huge bucket - only 1/2 gallon I think. But in the afternoon Mama and her partner went picking again and came away with 2.5 gallons... Freezing all of these! Except... of course... for the ones that got eaten during the picking. Quality control you know!


10 comments:

  1. That is a berry lot of bearies.

    Er, I mean...a beary lot of berries!

    Sorry, that came out wrong initially. I see pies and jam in your future, perhaps?

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    1. Oh yes, and there were more! We had two ice cream pails full... a beary lot of berries...

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  2. Blackberries are one of my favorites although I stay away from picking them (fear of getting my fur dirty and thorns). I once had chicory New Orleans style coffee - blah it was not for me.

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    1. Well, of course stuffies shouldn't pick blackberries. We lounge in the grass while humans pass us the best berries. That's the way to live! I guess I'll pass on chicory coffee!

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    2. Hmm, I think I will have to make sure my roommates see this post about lounging in the grass getting passed the best berries. That's not how it usually happens at my place :)

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    3. Well, but of course... you need to train your humans properly. Supervising berry picking is an important job. You get to point out the juiciest berries that are just out of reach. You can see the forest instead of just the trees... so to speak.

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  3. Yum! Those blackbearries look beary delicious. You seem to have picked a lot Sandy... perhaps, you know... ummm.... you can maybe share... perhaps, y'know?

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    1. Sure... do you want blackberry mush, blackberry liqueur or blackberry jam?

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  4. Blackberry liqueur? That sounds great, I will take a pint too.

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    1. Is that you Little Fox or is Drunk Fox commenting under your profile??? A pint of liqueur seems a bit much... I was thinking a vial or two might be good..

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