Well, our good berry picking time is drawing to a close. But it has been a great year! Our Summer/Spring got off to a late start but I think that was actually beneficial for the berries as they didn't bloom to early and then get killed by frost. And we had some times of quite a bit of moisture and heat (both seem to be quite gone now!) and so they grew and produced quite nicely.
Our first picking was at the strawberry patch. That did cost a fair amount ($11 for a 5 quart pail) but we could eat as much as we wanted while picking and they were super yummy! We made jam and froze quite a few for the winter. We also enjoyed a couple of fresh strawberry pies.
The next berry to be ready was the Juneberries (Serviceberries). We foraged them in a couple of different places. They were easy to pick, tasted great and were free! These we froze and dried for later use as well as making muffins and bread from them.
|Me picking blueberries.|
Throughout the year we use our berries in smoothies, mixed with plain yogurt and honey, in muffins, crisps or pies and in fruit salad.
I do still hope to get our and pick chokecherries for syrup making as I think they are nearly ripe. We are also keeping our eye out for wild grapes that should be getting ready before to long.
Do you pick berries? What do you pick most?