Warm Wild Blackberries - There's a Hole in the Bucket.
Wild blackberries are a menace in our yards, but a sweet treat when they’re found growing in a nearby meadow. This weekend, in our Camas neighborhood, my husband and I discovered a large patch of vines filled with warm, wild blackberries.
We also discovered, the hard way, that there are a few things to watch out for when you pick wild blackberries. First of all, make sure you’re wearing long pants and long sleeve shirts. Those vines are covered with razor sharp thorns - we have the scratches to prove it. Ouch.
You should also be on the look out for yellow jackets. Unfortunately, reaching into a bramble of vines, I accidentally brushed up against one. Apparently, he didn’t appreciate the interruption and let me know with a quick sting. Ouch.
Finally, you should factor in some extra time for your wild blackberry adventure. We both realized that we were popping warm berries in our mouths nearly as fast as we could pick them. Fortunately, once we got our fill, there were still plenty of berries left on the vines to drop in our bucket. Yum.
Summer’s waning and the kids are heading back to school next week. In Camas, it’s time to discover the joy of warm, wild blackberries - free for the pickin’ - just watch out for the "hole in the bucket."