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I noticed some ripe blackberries in my yard last night.  I picked a quart before it got so dark I couldn't see what I was doing.  These are wild berry bushes that I've threatened to cut out
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Berry picking

posted at 6/22/2012 8:16 AM EDT
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I noticed some ripe blackberries in my yard last night.  I picked a quart before it got so dark I couldn't see what I was doing.  These are wild berry bushes that I've threatened to cut out if they didn't produce berries.  I guess they listened.  I'm putting themin the freezer until I get enough for a big pie or cobbler.

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posted at 6/22/2012 8:51 AM EDT
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cobbler---------------yum-tum

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posted at 6/22/2012 9:55 AM EDT
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Never tasted wild ones

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posted at 6/22/2012 10:44 AM EDT
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Our old house had berry bushes all around the property.  I was never able to pick enough for much more than a sprinkling on some yogurt. Only because what did not get snatched by the racoons and deer were consumed by the picker before the berries got to the house. (I can't complain much I was the picker)
The taste of fresh berries just picked, a little warm from the sun is just delicious!

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posted at 6/22/2012 10:48 AM EDT
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When I was child wild blackberry picking was necessary.  At least 90% of our jelly was blackberry and jelly was vital with almost every meal. Mom dressed us kids in long jeans, long sleeves and BOOTS.  She was trying to protect us from snakes, sunburn, chiggers - anything.  And off we went to the edges of fields and untilled areas to find berries.  Then she had to process them and get them canned.

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posted at 6/22/2012 11:35 AM EDT
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LOVE blackberries.....but no picking for me!  I go to the Farmer's Market for all of my berries.  Got some GREAT strawberries last week!  Hope there are still some available tomorrow.  Did not see any blackberries last week......will have to look more carefully tomorrow.

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posted at 6/22/2012 11:37 AM EDT
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when we were children--------my dad's parents lived with us after we moved to houston-----and several times each summer my papa took the 4 oldest girls berry picking------up near a river or down a rr track and we always came home with our buckets full to the  brim------------and our mouths and arms covered with sticky juice---------to help mom and mamie put it all up---and my mom took the time to take the seeds out before making cobblers and jelly

my fav time of year----------our local heb store sometimes has    blackburn jelly in   blackberry-------i go by there every few days to see if they have it----because it is that time of year----but i havent found it yet this year------------when i find it again------------i plan to stock up

in texas we also have mayberries---------just a little smaller   and lighter in color

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posted at 6/22/2012 12:12 PM EDT
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wish i had berry bushes here have black walnuts

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posted at 6/22/2012 3:49 PM EDT
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Millie, I had several Black Walnut trees by our old house.  The squirrels would carry the nuts all over I had nuts sitting on the bumper of the car, on the top of the chain link fence in flower pots every where.  Problem is the acid from the trees and the nuts would kill most of the stuff we planted in the garden. It didn't help that the squirrels would carry the nuts into the garden as well.
I miss the nuts but not the dead garden plants.

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posted at 6/22/2012 6:03 PM EDT
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When I was a young girl my parents had a house built in the suburbs.A lot of the surrounding area was still undeveloped.Old Farms were there at one time.We would go back into the wooded areas and there were beautiful blackberry bushes loaded with blackberries.Some of the berries were as big as the first joint on my thumb.We brought some home to show Mom and she sent my brother and I back out with bowls to fill and did we fill bowls.There was a play ground nearby and at one time it was a pasture,well there we found mushrooms.My mom knew mushrooms from her Dad.They lived in Pa. and my moms family would go foraging for mushrooms every year.We ended up with large paper bags loaded with  what my Mom called "Pinkies".I think this is why my brother and I have such an appreciation for food.Looking for these treasures and having a good time as well.

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posted at 6/22/2012 6:19 PM EDT
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We have a lot of chockcherry that grow wild but not blackberrys.
They make gerat jelly.

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posted at 6/22/2012 6:58 PM EDT
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At one of the places where we lived there were quite a few blackberry vines.  My son had a big black dog, part Rottweiller, who was keeping me company while I picked.  I put a berry in his mouth, he looked at me and then raked his mouth right up the vine clearing off all the berries.  I never got any more berries after that.  Who knew that dogs liked blackberries and didn't mind the stickers.

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posted at 6/22/2012 9:58 PM EDT
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Black walnuts and hickory nuts!!  Easily as important as black berries.  Every fall we kids dragged BIG burlap bags behind us and went after the nuts, the very precious nuts.  What's Christmas without a black walnut in your divinity and hickory nuts in the fudge??

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posted at 6/23/2012 12:32 AM EDT
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Nancy, our pasts are too similar. We walked to the end of the field by the creek with our little buckets, and picked berries for hours when we were kids. I didn't enjoy the picking part, but loved the cobbler and jelly part.

Millie, I'd give anything to have our black walnut tree! I remember putting the walnuts on the driveway and the shells coming off after we drove our car over them a few times.

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posted at 6/23/2012 2:04 AM EDT
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lol lol -Verlee - that's how we got rid of the horrible walnut husks ... we dumped them on the driveway which was gravel (every other part of the road to our house was dirt!)  All the walnuts were dumped and as they were "shaved" and finally dry, we picked them up again.  The gravel was so thin it wasn't a problem. 
The walnuts and the hickorys were broken open (hammer on a flat rock) inside the house, next to the single wood stove and the kernels were saved.  We always had a crushed finger or two.

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posted at 6/23/2012 11:58 AM EDT
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lol lol -Verlee - that's how we got rid of the horrible walnut husks ... we dumped them on the driveway which was gravel (every other part of the road to our house was dirt!)  All the walnuts were dumped and as they were "shaved" and finally dry, we picked them up again.  The gravel was so thin it wasn't a problem.  The walnuts and the hickorys were broken open (hammer on a flat rock) inside the house, next to the single wood stove and the kernels were saved.  We always had a crushed finger or two.
Posted by Nancy G


We have both walnuts and hickories here.  I cracked enough walnuts one year to make a pie but it was a lot of work.  I love hickories, but they aren't the big kind and are really a huge job.  Squirrels are planting the walnuts everywhere so I'm always digging out or cutting off walnut trees.  They are always where I don't want them.

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posted at 6/23/2012 11:59 AM EDT
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I picked another quart + of berries last evening.  Hubby says there's a lot down by the pond.  Will have to go check it out.

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posted at 6/23/2012 1:35 PM EDT
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Ohhhhhhh Judy .... if we were just a few miles closer I'd be there to help you pick black berries.  (It's so early for them.  I think I remember that they weren't supposed to be ripe until July 4)

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posted at 6/23/2012 2:36 PM EDT
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     I took my nephew to and pick the blue berrys for the homemade pies.

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posted at 6/23/2012 3:26 PM EDT
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I picked another quart + of berries last evening.  Hubby says there's a lot down by the pond.  Will have to go check it out.
Posted by JUDY O


You're so lucky to have those blackberry bushes Judy.  I am so jealous!  I bought blackberry bushes last year but they didn't make it.  My husband got three blueberry bushes this year and they already have berries on them.  Can't wait until they're ripe, hopefully the birds and squirrels won't get them first.  Our raspberry bushes are all over the place but every year the berries get smaller and smaller.  Oh well, can't be helped unless I buy new ones.  Fresh berries are so good.
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