Bumper Berry Crop, 2012

Blueberries with spring buds

This spring our blueberries and blackberries were loaded with blooms. For every bloom there is a berry, so as long as it didn’t come a late frost we knew we were going to have a bumper crop of berries.

We had mulched the rows in the fall and with the early spring rains, fertilized them and then watched them grow…

The blueberries mulched for winter

Spring!

Loaded bushes

Blackberries

As they ripened I began picking.. and picking and picking…

Wally suggested using a really big bowl to put on the ground that we could just drop the berries into and that’s what I started using.

Wineberries, a type of raspberry

Big bowls of berries

We rinsed the blueberries, spread them on sheets and then put a big floor fan on them to dry.

Drying the berries

The Jack Lalanne Power Juicer does a great job of juicing the berries and removing the seeds for jelly and juice.

And more picking…

Jeff and Cody picking berries

So the youngsters would know which berries to pick that were ripe we had them take a taste test. Evan figured out pretty quick the powdery blue ones were much more tasty than the red ones.

Blane’s spot in the blueberry patch

So after picking blueberries for a while the boys were ready to fish in the pond.

Jeff and Blane

Fishing…

His first fish ever!

That’s all for now!

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