In an effort to not be the totally boring Mom this summer, I told the kids we would go out and pick berries on Monday.
My dtr's first question and #1 concern was about whether or not the berries were poisonous.
My first indication that it is quite possible she has seen one too many princess movies!
Other than that, they were both excited.
We got extremely lucky because it was overcast on Monday and even the humidity did not show up until after we were done picking.
We headed out to The Greer Farm and discovered large berry fields, a huge lake, and a great piece of property that offers much more than just berry picking! I was excited to learn that we could even eat the berries off the bushes because they are organic people!
In the fields, they provide picnic tables, fresh cold water, wagons, picking buckets, and bags to load up with berries. I was so proud of the kids because they were real troopers and did a great job helping me. We covered 2 rows of blueberry bushes and 2 rows of blackberry bushes. They actually managed their own buckets of blueberries and then assisted me while I picked blackberries from the thorny bushes. Some of the blueberry bushes were so full in places that I simply set by bucket under a branch and gently racked lush blueberries off into the bucket!
In the end, we gathered enough to make 12 cups of blackberries and 26 cups of blueberries! All for $27!! $2.75/pound of blueberries and $2.25/pound for blackberries! That is CHEAP! I may even go back for more soon as the picking will end in about 10 days.
After cleaning and storing all the berries, baking some pastry shells, and making some homemade whip cream, we enjoyed a real treat Monday night!