We went blackberry picking yesterday morning. We were able to pick about 10lbs in an hour, which I thought was great since we were battling the thorns and prickles for the juicy berries.
Evidence we were battling the prickles..well evidence my guy was battling the prickles and thorns, while I took some pictures. I found this picking spot near a school and community track. I'd seen children and their grandma's picking here last year, so I figured we better get a jump start on the blackberry season.
The bushes behind our house are definitely not getting as much sun as these guys are, since they are basically all green berries still.
Even this patch had a lot of green and red berries, so I think we did hit the start of the season. This means blackberry picking for all of August! And meeting new friends like this lil blue guy...
I'm assuming he is a blue dragonfly. He was so tiny, not even the length of my pinky finger, super friendly though. He just sat there watching me, for awhile and once my guy came near he flew away :(
We were done after about an hour, which was a good thing since the humidity really started getting to us. The air quality was really poor here yesterday and so far this morning due to all the forest fires.
Here is our haul for the morning, found a couple spiders trying to catch a lift home with us. The garden in our backyard welcomed them.
My guy immediately started making blackberry pie crumble to bring to my parents later that evening and I immediately started processing and freezing.
Then I started looking up blackberry recipes, share with me if you know of a great one! :) Does anyone else find it sad that when you use any search engine, type in "Blackberry", and you get no sites, articles or images of the actual food. You just get flooded with cell phones aka blackberry info...ugh :S
Anyways, I have plans for a blackberry cheesecake, a blackberry sauce, and a blackberry chocolate :) As for yesterday we threw some in a fruit salad, made a crumble, and some smoothies. Oh yum! Is it bad that we had raw blackberry pie crumble for breakfast this morning? Nah think not :D