Sunday, August 28, 2011

Blackberries for Arnold

Isn’t it fab fun when you see your kids and Grandkids carrying on family traditions?  Walking to the beach and stopping every few feet to scarf down the wild berries along the way has been this family’s way for generations.  Making dedicated trips to search out blueberry barrens and blackberry patches.  Bringing home the treasure—blue/black gold! 

Making pancakes, muffins, pies, jams and more.  Yummy fun every time.

This week, Grand #3 and his Mummy took me to the blackberry patch in Bucks Harbor.  

As I kept a keen eye out for poison ivy, picking my way gingerly thru the tall grasses and brambles, Mummy and Arnold roamed at leisure picking and eating to their hearts’ content. 

In hardly any time at all, we had a soggy bag full.  The hardest part of the whole endeavor was keeping ahead of the taste tester!

Sort, mash, boil, stir in pectin and sugar and

Blackberry Jam

Voila again
Blueberry Jam!

Some people love canning, preserving, jamming and baking.  I just love eating fresh, local produce any way I can.  Now the trick will be hiding it away from Hubby, who would devour it all before Thanksgiving in early October (for Canadians).  Somehow, it will magically appear, one precious jar at a time, until next harvest.


"Cottage By The Sea" said...

Yum! I wish we had blueberries on our walk to the beach. Your little guy is so adorable with his blueberry face. Your hubby must look forward to that jam suddenly appearing in the fall. I know I would!

Unknown said...

Hmm.... can you save one of those for me??

Veronica Lee said...

I am sooooo jealous, Rosemary!

I love blueberries but they are expensive here! The only blueberries I eat here are the canned ones!! The fresh ones are air-flown and wayyyyy out of my budget!

Unknown said...

YUMMY! Son and I try to get to the farm for blueberry picking but never made it this year.

Good luck hiding them from Hubby! lol

Southhamsdarling said...

Beautiful photos! Strangely enough my latest blog post was about childhood memories of the beach, and my little grandson was picking blackberries in our garden on Monday! Just popped over to say hallo from Carol's blog (facing50withhumour) and to say that you got vote today. Very naughty of you putting that cuddly baby in there with you!! Hope you don't mind if I now follow you from over here in England.

Darlene said...

Hello #20, this is #18. (Quite unfair of you to include such a cutie patootie in your photo! lol) I've just spent the last several minutes reading all about the wedding and the cake. The photos are absolutely gorgeous. And, I just want to take a big bite out of those blueberry pancakes! I love your blog, and I'm now following you.

Sush said...

Well, I'm a tagalong from Carol's blog myself. Your boating terminology blog title grabbed my attention! I'm a sailor from forever...
You have a lovely blog, I do so enjoy seeing precious grands...I'll be a frequent visitor.
Good luck on the seems to be really heating up!

Pat Tillett said...

I'll eat a ton of them by hand, but (as you know) Isorry'm a little leary of canned ones! Sorry!

Anonymous said...

Blackberries are seriously my absolute favorite. What a wonderful tradition!