July 20, 2010

Raspberry Overload

Being away for a few weeks also meant that I came home to masses of ripe berries.  In summers past, I spent about 2 hours a day for two weeks straight picking raspberries.  See the huge patch behind my fence....
That's not even all of it!  Actually, the berries aren't even in my yard - they grow in a park that is accessible to everyone.  But I am the only one who picks.  It kills me that at this time of year people will buy a pint of raspberries for $5.99 at the supermarket, when they are free for the taking all around town.  I've actually considered standing around that part of the produce section and inviting people to my house!  And the other thing that kills me, is that I still have bags of frozen berries from last year!  There are only so many berries that a couple (who tries to avoid desserts) can eat.  So, I've been inviting friends to come and pick. I've only had two takers.  Both times I happily chatted and picked alongside them, and then insisted they take my bucket of berries back home with them!
 There is nothing as yummy as a sun-warmed raspberry
plucked right off the branch

I did pick enough berries to make a batch of jam though....
 Check out the cool 70s labels I found at Value Village. 

I think I'll invite our wine-making friends over next, they'll need lots of fruit and maybe I'll get a bottle in return.

3 comments:

acorn hollow said...

mmmmmmm I can smell those fresh berries all warm from the sun.
I have had raspberry mustard that was yummy may its something you could google. The preserves look wonderful.

Reduce, Reuse and Rummage said...

thanks - it set much better than the last time I made it. Thx for the hint!

Rapunzel said...

I am sooooo jealous! I love raspberries but balk at the price so they are an occasional indulgence at the Castle. Your jam looks fabulous, wish I had something to trade you for...or, better yet, that I was your neighbor! Wonder how many calories are burned off picking fruit..hmm....