Saturday, July 23, 2011

Save by Scavenging

Apparently there are many berry patches "all over these hills" here in Pennsylvania. Until last week, that was just a myth for me. Sure, I'd seen a lone wild blackberry bush here and there, but I'd never seen a legitimate "patch" of wild berries. That is, until my friend Joslyn at Playing it by Ear took me to her secret berry patches--found while riding her bike around the area. (Yet another benefit of bike riding!)

In the sweltering heat, we picked black raspberries, wineberries, and a few blackberries. Even as I sweated profusely, I couldn't help but feel incredibly happy. I was so grateful for the wild berries, for nature for making something so wonderful, and for the fact that they were totally free (and organic, to boot)! I was happy because we were being good to the earth by riding our bikes, by gathering berries grown without pesticides, and by using items that came without any packaging. I was happy because I am a berry addict and store-bought berries are expensive! Out in the woods, I got delicious berries for free that I feel great about sharing with my family. In fact, as soon as I got home my toddler began munching on them!

We hardly made a dent in what was there. I'm so excited to go again, especially when the blackberries are really ripe in a week or two. We are also hoping to make a blueberry-picking expedition into the nearby hills as soon as possible. I'm glad we decided that the work to gather these berries was worth it! And now I just need to decide what to make with them! Any suggestions?

Happy Picking!

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