It is the season of berries in NW Washington State.
Wild Blackberries (Himalaya Berries - escaped from Luther Burbank's experiments in Southern Calfornia) carpet the countryside.
This appears to be a good year, with massive amounts of blossoms
And some berries already forming
They will gobble up your farm
Or your house
Until it is all gone
When they ripen there are big hanging clusters to enjoy right off the vine or to take home and make pies, cobblers and jam - or to top a big bowl of ice cream. We often have a bowl of berries sitting on the baking island for snacking as we pass by.
We also have Blueberries here - though they are not wild. There are almost 1000 acres growing Blueberies in our county - with an annual yield of close to 5 million pounds of berries.
They grow in large clusters - on bushes up to 6 feet tall - making U-Pick plots a favorite with individual berry pickers - and if you pick your own they cost about 2.00 a pound.
They grow so big and juicy - nearly the size of a quarter - makes picking go much faster.
I even have a Blueberry teapot-for-one - made by a wonderful Russian potter - she sells her Blueberry pottery at a local berry stand. I think my next purchase will be a Blueberry pie plate.
Pies, cobblers, and muffins - what a glorious harvest!
Just wait until these are big, fat ripe berries.