Thursday, July 17, 2008

Crazy for berries

July. The red raspberries are ready. My favorite summer treasure. When I first discovered them, I was mesmerised. I think it was the summer before third grade. We had lots of them on our property, and I would pick for hours. My mom made jam, and pies, and I was hooked. Something about going out, and filling my McDonald's happy meal bucket up with ripe berries was made me so happy. The smell. I will never forget that smell of warm ripe berries, getting hot in the sun. It never bothered me to wear long pants in the heat. I loved getting those berries.



The summer before fifth grade, I got my first job...picking berries! There was a farm about a 1/4 mile away from our house. Every morning, I would get on my bike, ride down there and pick. I would lay on my side, or back, because that is how you get the best ones, you know. They are big, and ripe, hiding behind leaves and thorns. I got paid 25 cents a pint, and that first summer, I think I made $3oo.oo! I loved that job.


We have some red raspberries on our land, but not enough to make a pie, or jam. We do have a farm down the road, where you can get some delicious ones.
Every morning we are out early. Watching Anna pick the berries brings me back. She goes deep in the thicket, is so patient and proud. Sometimes she will pick for over an hour.



Sometimes, while we are out playing, I lose sight of her, then I remember...she is in the berry patch.
That's my daughter.


16 comments:

elliebelle said...

Oh I so remember picking raspberries in my mom's garden. I of course, would eat half of what I picked. They are marvelous! :)

Barb said...

Oh man, those pictures made my mouth water. The store bought raspberries just don't get it! Enjoy some for me.

Meg said...

I love red raspberries & homemade jam! I remember my brother would always have an empty container because he ate all he picked!

lucky knitter said...

Oh what sweet memories.

Adrienne said...

Ohhhh those look SO good! I have been on a blueberry kick!

Jan said...

Oh - I am reminded of my grandfather's blueberry bushes in Cantonement, Florida. He would strap a gallon milk jug around our waists that had been cut out except for the handle to make a bucket. He would use one of his belts and he was a hefty man so it wrapped a few times around. I would be out there for hours, bringing back a few blueberries but a very blue mouth! Thank you for jogging that memory in my mommy brain. Our 14 yr old had surgery yesterday to put a screw in his leg which he fractured in hockey. This memory of my grandfather makes me happy!!! I'll give you his blueberry cobbler recipe if you want . . .

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Your raspberries and jam look lovely - the taste of summer!

FinnyKnits said...

Your jam looks fabulous. I am jealous! I love raspberry jam.

My favorite event of the entire year is picking blackberries with my mom on her property in Northern California.

We put on our long sleeves and giant straw hats, all country folk like, and walk the hedges and rows and fields of blackberry bushes picking until we're sweaty and tired and stained purple.

We usually pick at least one five gallon bucket full.

If I had one last day on earth, that's what I'd do.

amandajean said...

how fun to share that, now, with your daughter. so sweet.

QuiltedSimple said...

Yum yum. Nothing tastes better. I need to go buy some more and make more jam - maybe this weekend...
Kris

Poshyarns said...

Raspberries are our favourite too, all that jam is making my mouth water. We have had our first good crop this year and some actually made it to the bowl rather that straight into little mouths...

yellowfarmhouse said...

What a sweet memory and a sweet treat. YUMMMMM

Jenny said...

Oh, I love it! I love berries and make preserves - too many for us to eat sometimes. I just made a red currant cake - very yummy! The link to the recipe is on my post today.

Been gone from blog land for a while but plan on catching up! Can't wait to read all your posts I missed...

bizzy mommy said...

the jam looks and sounds divine! and your daughter is right where all 3 of mine would be:0)

Missy said...

I SO LOVE THIS POST! Lots of memories for me too. My grandparents have rows and rows of them.
She taught me to make her "famous" raspberry cake when before I went to college. I can't think of the summer or birthdays without raspberries!

house on hill road said...

they are my favorites, too! i picked them on my grandparents' farm. such good summer memories!