On Saturday, my husband and I packed up our little entourage and rode our bikes down to our favorite blackberry spot. The berries are just starting to get into gear, changing from green to black.
We weren’t too impressed with the last two years where the berries were small and hard to reach. This year is a good crop though. Huge, sweet blackberries are just dripping off the vines, begging to be picked. By this weekend, the bushes should be loaded.
The best part? In the great Northwest, where blackberries grow like weeds, picking is absolutely free! Find a safe, easily accessible public place and go crazy.
Blackberries definitely make you work harder than any of the other berries, and we have the scratches to prove it. Wearing long sleeves and using a big stick help (you could even use pruning shears if the berries are on your land). The work is worth it, though, because the payoff is sweet. What a great way to load your freezer with free fruit.
Yesterday, my sister and I made these fresh fruit tarts from The Grand Central Baking Book (Amazon). Yum.
Leave a comment! What is your favorite way to use those gorgeous NW blackberries? (include recipe links, if available!)
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