We have been picking dewberries for days now. They are not quite the same as raspberries. Aunt Marion set me straight on which berry is which. I keep a volunteer patch near the beach at the pond. Apparently I keep poison ivy there too. We are beginning to cultivate this volunteer stand…meaning I mowed through the middle of them last fall separating the brambles so we could really get in there. This year I’ll mulch them and yank the poison ivy. Pretty good picking for so little rain.
You know the best part of picking berries? Eating them. Most of our berries go to the freezer for later though. We get about a quart a day which we promptly wash, spread on a cookie sheet and freeze. Then we use a spatula to pry them up and pop them into a freezer bag and use them later for smoothies or forget them till spring and mix them 50/50 with strawberries in jam. Maybe toss in a couple of mulberries too. Mmmmm.
So, trying to put a positive spin on everything, you know the best part of poison ivy? Hot water. It feels great. Soon the poison ivy will clear up and we’ll be left to enjoy the fruits of our labor.