It’s July and it’s time to get out there and pick some fresh farm produce. I love to go to the local farms and pick my own fruit off the plants.
When growing up on the Prairies, my family and I used to go North of my small village and pick whichever berries were in season. These fruits were not cultivated and cared for by berry producers. No, the berries that we picked were growing wild.
The wild strawberries were the first of the season, and then raspberries, choke cherries and then blueberries.
Oh now that I think about it, picking these berries was not something I truly loved to do. No, picking Manitoba berries was hard.
You see, all of these berries except for the choke cherries grew only one or two inches off the ground. I recall the blueberries being tasty but very, very small as well.
We had to squat or kneel right down on the dirt to pick them. And of course, there were mosquitoes to contend with and at times, even small garter snakes slithering by us. Oh, okay so these aren’t my happiest memories!
Come to think about this, I will stay here and stand while picking blueberries at the local farms.
Check out my Blueberry Crisp recipe under Not So Traditional Foods.
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