Thursday, May 21, 2009

Berry Patch

My secret berry patch was overflowing this year. At least I like to think it's secret. Anyone if they wanted could stop and pick all the berries they'd like. How come the best blackberries seem to grow along the edge of a ditch on a busy highway? In some areas I could stand and fill a bucket without hardly moving a step. Big juicy berries dripping in clusters from thick canes.

I planted blackberries on my property this year behind the potager. They did produce a few big sweet berries, but are much to young to produce any in quantity. Maybe next year I'll have a different report...fingers crossed.

These are just a few of the berries from the side of the highway.

Homemade blackberry jam is the best. I never add pectin. The jam's flavor is more intense and tastes so much better without it.
Yes, My new stove did cook the berries a bit faster, but it is still a long process.
Here are some of the 18 jars of blackberry jam I canned this year. Worth every minute! Canning high acid fruit is very simple. If you'd like to try canning, this is a great way to start. The Ball Blue Book on canning has great recipes and most everything you really need to know about canning. I omit the pectin, add some lemon juice, and cook the fruit until it reaches gelling point.


ThrtnWmsFam said...

Yum Yum Yum!!! We planted blackberry seedlings last year which gave us huge canes and lots of leaves but no fruit. My Tween tore off the canes last Fall, but 5 of the 6 are coming back. I'm hoping we'll have some blackberries soon. Meanwhile, um, where is that secret blackberry patch? I promise I won't tell! ;)

Vikki at, and

Michelle said...

That looks so good! Blueberries also make great jelly. My all-time favorite jelly is mayhaw but they are so hard to find now! Have you ever made any?

Kristi said...

Vikki, Hey! Find your own patch :)! Thanks for visiting.

Michelle, No I've never even picked mayhaw. I'd love to find out more about them though....maybe even grow a few! I'm making peach jelly today.