Rockgate Farm

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Blackberry "Casualty"

Now, that's what it's all about!!

  Got my first, fresh, wild blackberry today.  Tasted sweet!  It'll be an early harvest this year, about two weeks ahead of schedule.  That'll make a lot of people happy.  You hear that...Larry Everett!!

  Larry called me yesterday, from Ohio, wanting old fashioned blackberry preserves....by the quart.  I didn't think anyone ate em that way anymore.  Complete with seeds.  When I was a young girl, my Gramma used to put whole blackberries up in sugar water, uncooked, to be used in Blackberry Dumplings.  You Ole Timers will know what blackberry Dumplings were...but I usually have to describe them to most people.  Makes my mouth water, just thinking about it. 

  Guess I better pick a bunch this year.  Last year was painful......

  I'm going to try to pick this year, without the usual blood letting and poison ivy....My favorite patch is not barricaded by hay rolls, as was the case last year.  I won't have to wade through the muddy out-skirts of the cow pond, or the thick foliage that encased the back-side of the patch.  I know it was full of poison ivy. I WILL wear long pants, shoes, and bug repellent...like a sane person would do.  I will keep my eyes on the prize.  I will NOT be a blackberry "casualty" this year!  :)

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