berry season!

The local u-pick farm is now open, after an unusually late cold spring. Brian and Anne came and spent Thursday-Friday with us, so we headed down the road to pick strawberries.

Caleb looks like a big berry, in this red t-shirt! We all, except that weirdo Sammy and baby Cody, ate more than our fair share of fruit. The stand cashier reassured me a few years ago that it’s not stealing to eat as you pick and cheerfully exclaimed, (to my many apologies for our red-stained mouths) “Really, we don’t mind!”
That’s a good thing too, because if they had weighed us coming and going we might have had to bounce a check to pay for it all.

Caitlin found a heart shaped berry! She picked pretty well for not-quite-four-years old!

Cody wasn’t so good at it yet, and really just wanted to try those bright red treats everyone else was enjoying. It’s so cute how he smacks his lips while watching you eat! Anne and I spent the rest of the afternoon processing berries and making freezer jam. Everyone seemed to have the same idea, for the local stores even sold out of my favorite Ball brand of no-cook pectin. If you haven’t made freezer jam before, you really ought to try it this year. It is so easy, has much less sugar and tastes much fresher (“way more summery” my boys say) than traditional cooked jams.
Bent over the rows, hard at work. Now this is a photo that makes a Mom proud. I didn’t take one of them throwing berries at each other, nor will I quote any of the diarrhea jokes all that fresh fruit consumption inspired. Let us blog only about the pretty things in life, shall we?

My redneck brother shows off his Billy Bob teeth.

these berries almost cost way more than $8 a bucket, and these lovely photos were almost unavailable to the worldwideweb because in my haste that afternoon, I left our camera in the field. I didn’t even notice until about 20 minutes before sunset when I wanted to take pictures of the boys doing sparklers in the driveway. Brian joined me and we raced back to the farm, now closed, to trespass onto private property in order to save my marriage, ahem, camera. We were searching through the leafy paths, dodging sprinklers and slapping mosquitoes, searching frantically before the sun set for that big Kodak with a red Mickey Mouse neck strap, with no luck. John was kinder than I deserved when I came home without it, though it was duly noted by him that I HAD been asking for a new camera lately and hmm…?

Well, a good samaritan had found it and the farm owners had saved it. When I picked it up the sweet farm owner said “It was a good thing that old man turned it in. We just put that area in sprinklers this morning”

So disaster was averted.

You all get to enjoy these photos.

and I have to find another way to get a sleek new silver Nikon.

About sparrowjourney

Christian homeschooling mom to three boys, married to my best friend, John, for over 20 years. I love gardening without gloves, learning history with my kids, cooking with lots of butter, serving others, great books, rich coffee, studying the Bible, camping outdoors, scrapbooking, vintage home decor, the smell of rain and cut grass, authentic people, poetry, laughing until your sides hurt, and babies. oh and black licorice is pretty awesome.
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1 Response to berry season!

  1. Anne says:

    I wonder if it was the same old man who had the huge mound of berries? Wouldn’t that be a hoot?

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