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07-09-2013 05:01 AM

I’ve got one of my two cedar rollup garage doors yet to be refinished. I’ve got the pieces for a cherry end table cut and ready to put together. But I said to hell with it all because it’s the season for this:

Wild blackberries are on. If you’re thinking “isn’t it too early for blackberries?” then you don’t know wild blackberries. You don’t pick these along roadside fences. You pick these scrambling up old clearcuts and through weed covered slash piles. After you’ve had a pie made from these you’ll never be satisfied by any other berry. That’s the third and forth pie my wife has made this past week. The first two I had to (begrudgingly) share with 4th of July revelers but these ones are all mine. The berries in the jug are shortly going into some Everclear to become some high-test blackberry cordial. There’s three gallons in the freezer for pies during the year and I’ll be out tomorrow morning to scour the hillside for another gallon or two.

What’s your summer treat?

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#1 posted 07-09-2013 06:23 AM

Cool. I have figs out of the cazoo. The Grand Kids love them with ice cream.

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#2 posted 07-09-2013 12:51 PM

I hate both of you. We’re lucky to get anything wild here by late August.

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#3 posted 07-09-2013 01:27 PM

Awesome!!! I want some!!!

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#4 posted 07-09-2013 02:35 PM

Used to be chokecherries back in Sidney, MT. We would go down to the river where they grew wild usually
three families, my mother & her two sisters. We would fill a galvanized round washtub set in the trunk of the
car and numberous buckets with these as well as ourselves. Mom would make chokecherry jam, jelly and syrup
and wine when we got home. These goodies were great on her homemade bread and pancakes for the
rest of the year. Been a while since I remembered those days. Thank you for sharing. Here in Missoula there
are wild huckleberries that go great on homemade ice cream, but it has been a while since I have had those.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 07-09-2013 04:29 PM

Thanks for posting. I saw a man picking some Himalayan blackberry yesterday, I will have to find some.


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#6 posted 07-09-2013 05:18 PM

Bluepine38, I love those Montana Huckleberries. Try to get some every time I visit my brother in Missoula.

My peaches and apricots are a little late this year they are typically ready to eat by the 4th of July. Probably due to the cool month we had in May.

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#7 posted 07-09-2013 09:19 PM

Miss that about Washington. Used to walk across the road to my neighbors and pick buckets full. Didn’t like the thorns, but it was still worth it. Don’t have anything here in the desert but cactus.

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#8 posted 07-09-2013 10:54 PM

madts, I’d love those figs. Planted a fig tree a couple years ago that was supposed to be bred for my climate but it didn’t make it through the winter.

OldNovice – late August, early September we’ve got low bush blue huckleberries in the alpine country. They taste like sweet little apples. Blueberry pancakes on a chilly mountain morning are indescribably delicious. I throw a light weight frying pan in my backpack just for that purpose.

I wish we could grow peaches around here. Maybe climate change will have an upside. I remember visiting cousins in Phoenix years ago and picking a grapefruit for breakfast out of their front yard. The damn thing was as sweet as an orange. I thought that almost made living in that climate tolerable. Almost.

(Two more gallons today. My hands are looking like I’ve been wrestling cats.)

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#9 posted 07-10-2013 02:16 AM

Love blackberries, HATE chiggers! Where I live they go together.

How do you pick blackberries without the chiggers eating you alive?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 07-10-2013 03:58 AM

gfad – this is probably the most benign area in the country. No chiggers. Hell, we hardly have ticks. 30 years living out here in the country with a free range dog and I remember one tick. No native nasty spiders. No venomous snakes. No poison ivy or oak. Our banes are slugs, moss and six months a year of sunlight deprivation.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#11 posted 07-10-2013 12:42 PM

I hear you!! We just picked 4 buckets of tart cherries and one pie is gone already!! There was a bonus to picking the cherries. Today I’m going back to cut up some chestnut trees that died in his orchard. It has been laying for a while. I hope it is spalted!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 07-10-2013 01:17 PM

gfadvm I used to use Cutters, but then I found Muskol and it has proved effective against even those swarms
of pests you find around some of the high mountain lakes. I carry a bottle of it in my Camelbak Hawg along
with my spare tube and patch kit.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#13 posted 07-11-2013 12:18 AM

Gus, Off, etc works good for mosquitos but the chiggers still manage to attack me.

Muleskinner, Sounded good right up until the 6 mo. sunlight deprivation. No thanks. I’ll take our bugs, snakes, tornados, etc!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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