definition: search widely for food or provisions.
My son and I arrived early to his soccer practice the week before last. While he warmed up I decided to stroll around the perimeter of the field. That’s when I spied them. Oh my goodness, black raspberries!
Was there enough growing here for baking or just enough for snacking? After assessing the situation I discovered there were blackberry canes everywhere! They weren’t quite ripe yet so I made a mental note to check back in a week.
The following week I picked a day that was sunny and breezy, donned long pants and a long sleeve shirt, and headed back with much anticipation.
I have discovered that picking black raspberries is not for the faint of heart. I hadn’t even picked a single berry when I scared a big ol’ garter snake out of it’s basking spot. There many interesting insects, spiders, little snails and even tiny tree frogs on the plants. I also felt at times that I was being pulled under by the thorns on the canes that just wouldn’t let me go.
I have picked twice in the same spot. Each time taking a different son with me. It was fun being outdoors talking and laughing with them while we picked. It was a great time to connect with each other and to make a deposit into their ‘fun childhood’ memory bank.
We’ve picked 4 quarts, enough to make 2 batches (10 jars) of black raspberry jam. In a few days more will be ripe and I’ll be headed back to hopefully put a couple of quarts in the freezer for future breakfast smoothies.
Foraging is a wonderful way to supplement your grocery budget and a fun activity as well. Go on. Get outdoors and get foraging.