It was a great evening. The atmosphere was calm and relaxed on Friday. We really enjoyed listening to the music and watching everyone fill their buckets easily. Birds chimed in every now and then with the tempo, and even some far off thunder happened for emphasis! Everyone was happy to be outside in the breeze and it was easy to imagine yourself in a movie with a beautiful soundtrack.
It rained later in the evening, so the day was cut a little short. But there were plenty of blackberries picked. More and more ripen every day. Tuesday June 30th should be a great day to pick 7 – 11 AM and again 4 – 8PM. The length of the blackberry season is never as long as you would like it to be, so get them while you can. Quick Link to hours HERE.
Some eat the blackberries here right off the vine because we farm with safe organic practices. This little girl thoroughly enjoyed herself on Friday evening. While her folks were busy picking into the bucket, she was making good use of her time from her stroller. Wait, did she take a “selfie”? There is no denying that even very young kids are technologically savvy these days! She is also a blackberry connoisseur and her endorsement of our berries is written all over her face.
The less you handle the berries, the better – including after you get home. If you aren’t going to use them right away and want to freeze some, I find it easiest to freeze the berries in a single layer on a cookie sheet first for several hours, and then put them in a freezer bag. That way they remain as individual berries and you can measure out what you need with ease and put the rest back in the freezer. I’ve recently been asked about what blackberry cobbler recipe I use. I originally used this recipe for blueberries, but you can essentially use any similar fruit, and blackberries work great. Here is the link to the “Best Ever Blueberry Cobbler. Watch the video as there is a secret ingredient that is not listed in the written version! Go ahead and double it, your family and friends will thank you.
The wildflowers by the road finally decided to bloom. Pictured in this photo are Coreopsis flowers. These are the “Plains” variety. Coreopsis are high on my list of bee friendly plants because they are easy to grow, are somewhat drought tolerant, bees love them, and they have a really long bloom time. Butterflies are also attracted to them and they come in a tremendous number of colors and variations. You can also readily find seeds for them in WalMart and even Big Lots. If you get the chance to grow them, you won’t be disappointed. The hardest part about growing wildflowers is not mowing them down before they bloom because they look like weeds. Patience is required and if your spouse is weed eater happy, you may need to print out a photo and show them the potential if they just “Let it Grow!”
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Zack and Renee Patten. Two wonderful, multi-talented artists who will forever be dear to our hearts. We are honored to know them. Their journey has just begun to greatness!