Blackberry season

Don’t buy ‘em, pick ‘em

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September 2, 2008

Yup, folks, it’s blackberry season here in the Pacific Northwest. Some people, of course, think that blackberries come in tiny pints at the farmers’ market and cost lots of money. Those people are silly. Don’t they know that blackberries are free for the picking pretty much everywhere west of the Cascade Mountains? So put on your long-sleeved shirts and pants (those prickers are painful) and pick a bucket already, then make jam or a pie.

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1. by oregon foodie on Sep 9, 2009 at 4:52 PM PDT

I spent several hours last week picking blackberries in our local park (above the dog pee line!) and other parts of my nieghborhood. Got them washed, mashed, measured and in a pot to make jam only to find the entire pot swimming with some kind of larvae! I ended up tossing the whole batch in the compost bin and bought berries at a stand today. I didn’t pick any berries up off the ground and, fortunately, only ate two! Yuck! A friend suggested I just consider it extra protein.

2. by Samantha on Oct 2, 2009 at 9:48 PM PDT

Im having the same problem at the moment...everything is measured out and sitting on the counter and I cant make it becuase of these tiny white larvae...sooo gross.. what are they???

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