Through one of my favorite websites, PickYourOwn.org, that I wrote about previously, I found a pick your own farm not to far away that we didn't know about. It is a farm and they only have pick your own produce. I was only looking to get more blackberries, but they also had peaches, peas, tomatoes, cantalopes, zuchini and herbs to pick.
We got up at 6:30 Saturday morning and after taking our time piddling around (LOL!) we left at 7:40 and got to the farm at 8:15. I was all perky and ready to pick, telling Hubby that we would get some peached, too.
So we got 3 buckets, each supposed to hold 5 1/2 - 6 1/2 lbs, and headed to the field. I had offered to get some for my best friend's mom, so we needed to get 4 more lbs than I wanted. We started picking......it was hot. We kept picking.....it was hotter. After about 45 minutes, I was ready to quit! I was SO hot! I don't know why I didn't think to take a water bottle, or some wet towels to cool off, but I didn't.
Hubby, on the other hand, tolerates the heat much better than I do, so kept saying, "We can pick a little while longer." Finally, after about an hour and 15 minutes, I was ready to leave him in the field and go find shade....and water. I think he realized that, so he said he was ready to go to.
We picked 13 lbs of blackberries. After taking 4 lbs to my other mom, and putting aside about a half lb for my MIL...that's all she wanted.....I was able to put up 8 bags of blackberries in my freezer. So, I am set for jam making when the weather gets cooler. Well, some of them will make their way into cobblers.
Here is one of our bags of berries:
I told Bob to never let me do that again! Next year, we will go at the first of blackberry season and not wait until it is boiling hot outside.
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