27 July 2008

Summer bounty

One of my favourite things about summer is the huge variety of delicious fruits! We've been visiting a couple of farmer's markets weekly, which has been fun; a great way to start the weekend. But even more fun is visiting a pick your own farm. This weekend we visited Butler's Orchard in Maryland. It's a mere half hour drive from us, which seemed almost too close to "civilization" to be a good farm. We were a little skeptical. But once we got out to the gravel and then dirt roads, we knew this place wasn't going to be a little garden plot. It's a very well organised place which uses a collection of signs to direct people to their picking destinations so that the staff can man the shop. We went for the blackberries, but also picked some red raspberries and could have enjoyed blueberries also. I was under the impression that I didn't like blackberries and was originally just going to pick them to use them for dying fabric. But I tried one straight off the vine, and was quickly hooked! The taste is something like a grape, but sweeter, with some little seeds and more fun. Each berry is like a bundle of tiny balloons filled with deliciously sweet (and pretty purply coloured) juice!

For more photos: Berry Picking on Flickr!

1 comment:

Clare said...

Hi Gwen!! Yay! You are blogging again! I told Nick you commented on my blog and he said, "Gwen and Todd are so cool... we need to hang out with them again!" We bought a little house in Front Royal and I am pregnant again (due Oct. 3rd) with another girl. So things have been pretty fun! :) Let me know if you start up any crafting group... I'd drive out there for it now and again! I have a fellow crafter out here who happens to be one of Nick's college friend's wife so that works out well. Most crafters out here are little-old-lady quilters and soap makers. Oh well. Glad to see you got some farm-fresh goodies!