Berry Season has started in Connecticut so, instead of crocheting, I spent yesterday evening picking berries.
The first of our berries to ripen are the red currants.
Since we’ve only got two red currant bushes I was soon finished – I got about 3 pounds –
and moved on to the gooseberries, which oddly stay green colored although they do gradually get softer and sweeter as they ripen.
We’ve promised the majority of this year’s gooseberry crop
to a woman who makes jams and jellies for her church’s annual Fall Festival. I used to sell our excess berries by the pint, along with bunches of garden flowers, from a little stand in our front yard. It was fun to introduce people to new kinds of berries – have you tasted either red currants or gooseberries? – but I must say, it’s much easier to be able to sell them all in one shot!
Since we’ve eaten all of last summer’s blackberries and have only one container each of blueberries and peaches left, there’s plenty of room in the freezer for the nine pounds that I picked.
There are many more to come. I estimate these are only about a quarter of our gooseberry crop!
The black raspberries will be next!
Soon to be followed by blueberries,
lots and lots of blueberries!!
Then will come the yellow raspberries, red raspberries, peaches and, finally, blackberries! Yum, yum, yum and Yum!! My mouth waters at the thought.
P.S. This has nothing to do with berries or crocheting – I just want to share our Seven Sisters climbing rose with you. It has reached the roof of our two-story garage!
Grandma gave a piece of her Seven Sisters plant to my mom who in turn gave a piece to me. My climbing rose will always remind me of them.