Thursday, July 21, 2011

A berry good time was had

Debbie and I went blueberry picking on Tuesday evening and managed to get about 13 pounds of blueberries. We froze them all—except for what we ate fresh :)

It was hot, but bearable and there were quite a few other people picking. The original idea was that I would come back on Saturday and pick the rest of what we needed. When we were paying for them, we asked the girl how much longer she expected the berries to last. She answered that with the temperature and dryness, only until Thursday or Friday. Well, that changed our plans!

So, yesterday, with a temperature of 97ºF and a heat index of 107ºF, I made my way out there again. There was no one in the stand, just a sign saying how to pay. There were only two other vehicles there and they left about 1/2 hour after I got there. But, the berries! Because no one had been picking they were quite thick and large. I picked about 13 pounds in about 2 1/2 hours—and ate at least a pound :) Once I got home, I made 13 pints of jam and froze the rest.

I think we are done with jam and berries this year—except for the raspberries in the garden. Those will be for fresh eating, not freezing.

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