Monday, August 2, 2010

A Berry Good Weekend

We found a PYO blueberry farm and after the Farmer's Market on Saturday morning, we picked four pounds of blueberries, a quarter of which were eaten before we even made it home ;). The girls and I went back on Sunday and picked another bucket's worth - about seven more pounds. Blueberries at the Farmer's Market cost around $5/lb. Wild blueberries from the freezer section at the grocery store cost $4/lb. The PYO berries were $2/lb, which is a really good deal.

After the PYO farm, we came home, put away our Farmer's Market purchases and went foraging, where we picked 3 1/2 lbs of wild blackberries. Except for a few scratches, a couple of mosquito bites and perhaps a bit of sunburn (on Deus Ex Machina's neck), they were free ...



... which is a berry good deal :)!

We, now, have half a freezer full of berries, which will give us a little variety from the squash we'll be eating all winter :).


**I counted nine Hubbard squash still growing on the volunteer vine in the backyard, and there are at least two on the volunteer vine in the front yard :). We also have at least two dozen pie pumpkins and some weird squash-type something that is probably a result of the volunteer Hubbard squash cross pollinating with the pumpkins.

With what's still growing outside (that is, not counting anything I've already preserved) - squash, pumpkin, tomatoes, potatoes, beets, corn, and beans ... not to mention eggs, chicken and rabbit - we might not eat three huge meals per day, but we wouldn't starve, either, and with the information we're gathering about wild foraging using Samuel Thayer's books as our guide, we might even be able to enjoy three, modest meals.

4 comments:

  1. $2/lb for blueberries is a STEAL! Good for you. Were they organic to boot?

    One of our elders is ripening its berries and so far, I've got to say....meh! I know they're touted as being "good for pies and jams." Which means: add a ton of sugar. I'm sorta hoping that the other elder will produce better berries. In the meantime, I'm trying to figure out what to do with these. There aren't enough to bother with making jam - only two clusters. Maybe I'll freeze them for now.

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  2. Kate - We picked at this farm - probably not organic, but it's been my experience with small, PYO producers, the amount of chemicals used (if any) is minimal, and while some of them may actually be "organic", they are not certified organic (and can not, therefore, claim the "organic" title), because the cost of that title exceeds any profits they might enjoy.

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  3. This is my first visit to your blog and you have some interesting things going on. I'll be back.

    Good deal on the blueberries.....!

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  4. Wild blackberries....oh, how nice! I passed some raspberry bushes on my ride this weekend, but there was almost nothing left. I guess I've missed this season for foraged berries :(

    Those squash will be mighty tasty for you in mid-winter, when most of us are standing in the checkout line at the grocery ;)

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