Tuesday, July 28, 2009

For the Love of Berries (and Summer)

Can fresh berries from the garden make up for months and months of cold and snow? Lately, I am beginning to think yes. Winter was particularly cruel this year, and summer has been rainy and cool, but the berry crop has been absolutely fantastic. We spent the weekend at the cottage and when we came home the canes were laden with berries. After picking I weighed the berries--the total was 6 1/4 pounds! That was enough for 8 jars of jam and a cookie sheet worth of berries for the freezer.
This year we are also enjoying wild blueberries. Last year the birds harvested the berries before I could, but a strategically placed net has thwarted them this year. I only have a small patch in the backyard that yields about 1.5 cups of berries every week. The first crop went into some pancakes, the second into some banana hemp muffins. Speaking of pancakes, I tried the slow-rise pancakes from Vegan Yum Yum. They are totally awesome and worth the extra planning it takes to make them.

I will be back soon with an actual recipe and less gloating about summer berries.

12 comments:

Mary said...

You lucky, lucky vegan family. Raspberries are $5 a pint at my farmers' market, and I couldn't stomach buying more than 2. I did pre-order a 5.5 quart box of wild blueberries for $20, though, so I'm excited for that. Berries almost make this heat and humidity worth it.

vegan.in.brighton said...

Wow that's a crazy amount of berries! I love berries in pancakes too - yum.

vegan.in.brighton said...

Wow that's a crazy amount of berries! I love berries in pancakes too - yum.

DJ said...

Wow, what a haul!! My redcurrant bushes have been stricken with powdery mildew so nothing for us this summer (!__!)

Bianca said...

Beautiful berries!!! I need to get my butt to a blueberry farm to pick my own before the season ends!

Banana said...

yum! there's nothing better than fresh picked berries.....

have you ever made pierogis? my polish in laws have a different pierogi for every season. blueberry during the summer is by far the best! not to mention the healthiest....

AteThePlate said...

Wow, those look so good!

My sister and I really enjoy your blog and have recently started a food blog of our own and made sure to link you on ours. :)

Jess Shambler said...

Oh, you should absolutely gloat. As much as I simmer with tender jealousy whenever I see beautiful "this is from my garden" photos, it gives me hopes for a future garden. So long, apartment-living. Hello berry brambles! (Someday.)

Also, you've now inspired me to make the slow-rise pancakes and toss in the blueberries from last week's farmer's market run. So the delights of summer berries will not be lost on this city girl after all.

Long time lurker, Jess

Meredith (Pursuing Balance) said...

Those berries are gorgeous!

mtpete said...

Yes, those slow-rise pancakes are really good and totally worth planning ahead.

Lucy said...

weve been picking wild blueberries (called blaeberries here) this Scotland too this week - they look exactly the same!

Megan said...

I added some blueberries to the slow rise pancakes and they were fabulous!