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Friday, August 1, 2008

'One Berry, Two Berry...

...Pick me a blueberry.'

20 pounds from a farmer's stand just miles from our house. Next year we'll pick them ourselves, but I just wasn't up to it with the three little boys today (particularly the almost 2 year old).

We did a little grocery shopping afterward. The fresh-picked, very local blueberries were $2/lb. Blueberries at the grocery store (in 2 lb plastic clam-shells) were $5/lb. Organic? $10/lb.

We'll be snacking on blueberries all day.

Time to get out the berry books. How about Peter in Blueberry Land? I adore Elsa Beskow's books!
We even have a Peter in Blueberry Land kid's dish set!Then there is the beloved Blueberries for Sal. Can't miss that one!
Jamberry is one of my favorite board books. I love the rhyming text!
Thoroughly in a berry mood, I headed outside to pick a lovely bowl full of God's free food gift, blackberries! They're just getting started, but I have more than enough for Blackberry Gingerbread Coffee Cake. Or shall it be blackberry cobbler? Or both? I'm starving! Heading to the kitchen now...

8 comments:

Mrs. Querido said...

I LOOOOOVVVEEE blackberries! Yummy!

tjcochran1 said...

Heidi, I love your blog! And I love blackberries. Summertime as a kid, I'd pick them in the woods out behind the house I grew up in here in GA. I saw some at Costco today, but went with Champagne grapes and strawberries for my 4 year old. She loves fruit.

Jen Rouse said...

Yay for berries! Just in case you do decide 20 pounds isn't enough for you (you may think I"m kidding, but my family could go through that pretty fast--fresh or frozen, they are a favorite snack), U-pick at Blueberry Meadows on Hwy 20 between Albany and Corvallis are only $1.25/pound. I couldn't believe how reasonable that was compared to grocery store berries, and we had a good time picking them too. We only picked until the girls had filled up their small buckets, which means we got less than 10 pounds; but it kept it a do-able outing for the kiddos.

Heidi said...

Jen~ We might have to go back again to stock up. I don't think you're kidding... they are so easy to freeze and I've been using them like crazy for my breakfast smoothies. Son #2 loves to eat them frozen, too. It will take *a lot* of blueberries to last a year!! The berries are actually only $1.20 U-Pick at Grandpa's Market towards Crabtree, but the thought of picking that many berries while keeping my 'run in three different directions' boys corralled made me hyperventilate, LOL. We might go back when I can be more relaxed and not worry about picking so many. :) I know they would really enjoy it! I've planted 8 bushes here at our house, but it will take them a long time before they produce that many berries...

Jenny said...

A cobbler sounds delicious.
Do you have a favourite recipe?

Meagan said...

I would love your Blackberry Gingerbread Coffee Cake recipe! I am heading up to Washington to visit my family in a couple weeks and was planning to pick some blackberries (hopefully) while I am there. That would be a wonderful dessert to make for my family!

Heidi said...

Jenny and Meagan~ I'll post both recipes this next week for you ladies!

SKELLER said...

Oh Yummmmm...... BOTH, for sure. Coffee cake and cobbler ... makes me wish I was up in Spokane picking my in-laws raspberries and blackberries...