Kris found out from one of our co-workers that there was a “Pick Your Own” farm in our county (Larriland Farm in Howard County for you locals). We don’t venture that far north often, but the call of fresh berries and veggies was enough to make us go out in the heat and humidity for a couple of hours.
… and oh! the rewards …
We met an adorable little girl and her father at the blueberry patch.
He asked, “Are you picking the berries for our basket?”
She answered, “Nope, I am snackin’.”
My sentiments exactly.
Most went into the basket, but some went into the mouth.
After picking a six pound bag of blueberries, we headed to the raspberry patch, further down the road. The farm has so many pick-your-own fields, and now that we know about its location, we will definitely go back. There were several fruits and vegetables in season this time, but we only had two hours, so we chose blueberries, raspberries, and beets. (Sweet cherry season ended today, so they were planning a “Cherry Dash” this morning for the last of the fruit on the trees… too bad we missed it! I have been eating some great cherries from the farmer’s market!)
The raspberries appeared to be overpicked, but upon closer inspection, the best and juiciest berries were deep inside the bush. So, you put aside all decorum and reach right into the thorny patch for the best berries. With scratches on our arms and purple stained hands, Kris and I managed to get six pounds of these as well!
In all, we got some amazing berries and some fresh beets (I pulled them up myself!) for a very reasonable price. It was great fun to spend the evening outside, meeting new people, and enjoying the fruits of the season.
…Now I have to figure out what to do with all of these berries! We split up the berries with half in the freezer, and half in the fridge. Right now, I have visions of muffins, smoothies, crumble cake, sorbet, and some yummy borscht for the beets. Do you have a favorite berry recipe to share?