This has been the perfect growing season for the blackberries that grow wild in the greater Seattle area. We’re lucky to have so many bushes within walking distance or a short drive away, with berries free for the taking. I’ve already picked quite a few, and made pies and cobblers. I’ve also frozen bags and bags of berries, which I’ll pull out and use this winter, for a taste of summer on a cold day.
Picking berries (and sampling often as I pick
) is half the fun–provided I’m wearing jeans, a long-sleeve shirt and sneakers to protect
against pesky thorns. I especially enjoy berry picking at the end of a long day
of writing. Getting outside in the late afternoon sun feels like a mini
getaway, and I often gain new and unexpected insights into the story I am
working on or the one I’m getting ready to start.
I just finished a book—yay!!–and think I’ll got out now, and pick some more.
Which fruits grow wild in your area? Do you take advantage of the bounty as I do?
Until next month and wishing you all a fabulous and plentiful September,