Friday, June 06, 2008

Berry Picking Season

Those who read the blog last year, will remember my obsession with picking raspberries from our front yard. Every day, for the short-lived raspberry season, my daughter and I could be found at the foot of the hill gathering juicy, ripe berries in stained fingertips. I think I also said this in last year's blog, but it makes me feel like a pioneer housewife, living off the land, gathering the fruits of the season.

Since raspberry season is pretty much the month of July, I feel the need to extend the berry picking by at least another month or two. This year, I am waiting with bated breath for the local strawberry season to start, which should be mid-June at the latest. I cannot wait. Strawberries, fresh plucked from the vine are like a whole different fruit! Modern, grocery store strawberries come from South America and other points far away. This means they are bred for hardy travel. Their skin and fruit made to withstand conveyer belts, picking machines and trucking, is tough and solid. You could probably drop a strawberry from the grocery store on the ground and it would bounce.

Strawberries fresh picked are delicate, sensitive things. They are as thin-skinned as a new baby. So, in two weeks or so, expect a blog of succulent berry pictures.


Above is a picture of the raspberries at harvest time last year.

4 comments:

Talisman said...

ooh that berry looks gooooood!

creative-type dad said...

You've just made me hungry....

Ketra said...

I'm in-berries for everyone! Berry cocktails, berry pies , berry muffins, berry compotes, berry pancakes...who doesn't love a berry? We shall have a berry nice summer!

Amelia's moms said...

The most important thing to comment on is the fact that you correctly spelled "bated breath." Thank goodness for friends like you :)