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Blackberry Picking One Highlight of Summer

| 7/28/2009 4:03:00 PM

A photo of the author, Caleb ReganA few weeks back, I took the advice of GRIT Editor-in-Chief K.C. Compton and went down to Osage County to pick fresh blackberries at Fieldstone Orchard near Overbrook, Kansas.

It was a Sunday afternoon, around 2 p.m., and sunny and warm out. I took my girlfriend and the dog along, and it turned out to be one of those moments in life that remind you of days gone by when you get more out of it than what you expect. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited about it, but I just didn’t expect berry picking to be so easy.

Row after row of easy to reach blackberry bushes.

Picking blackberries is one of my mom’s favorite things to do. I can remember midsummer days spent fishing and stopping by a favorite blackberry bush to fill a plastic bag with blackberries on our way home.

And those times were always great. I loved picking and eating juicy, cool-tasting blackberries as the sun went down after a day outdoors, oftentimes wiping the juice on my already-dirty shirt. But most times those locations dealt with keeping an eye out for rattlesnakes and getting poked by a briary bush.

It was a different experience at Fieldstone, I had gloves on and didn’t wipe my hands on my shirt, and the briars weren’t as bad as I remembered them being. One thing remained the same though; opting to pick our own – it’s $2.75 per pound to pick your own or $3.50 to buy already picked berries – I couldn’t help myself and numerous times plucked a dark berry from up underneath the plant and shoved it into my mouth, and tasting the deliciousness made it even harder to stop at just one.

Brenda Kipp_1
8/6/2009 2:06:56 PM

I enjoyed hearing about your berry-picking adventure, Caleb. My one and only berry-picking experience was in Alaska. I don't remember what kind of berries they were, but I do remember my knees were soaked in berry juice by the time my friends and I were finished. It is one of those simple pleasures you don't soon forget.

7/30/2009 10:26:11 AM

Caleb, We have the good fortune of having wild blackberry bushes growing along our upper drive. They produced extremely large amounts this year! I've already done three batches of blackberry jelly! YUM! I have lots of wonderful memories of going out to pick wild berries of many different kinds, depending on the time of year and what was ripe. We were lucky that the area we lived in,(and still live in), gave us wild strawberries, huckleberries, raspberries, blackberries, and fox grapes! As a child, it was like going on a treasure hunt, and it was always extra special when you found that exceptionally large, wild strawberry! Kinda like finding a piece of gold or a gem! What great memories! Something I wish more kids today could experience!

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