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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Blackberry Mojo

It's been a good day for picking blackberries! Last night I found an ad on Craigslist for U-pick blackberries, $1 per pound. So bright and early this morning I gave them a call and made arrangements to pick. I drove 1 1/2 hours to New Plymouth, Idaho and spent about 90 minutes picking these monsters.

I plugged in my MP3 player and listened to my e-audio book while I picked. I did not know these folks so I let plenty of people know where I was going and a time I thought I would be done. Turns out the folks were very nice and even charged me tax so I was fairly certain they were trying for a legitimate self pick farm.

It didn't take too long to fill all the buckets I took with me and I ended up with 21 pounds of berries. I have honestly never seen blackberries like these before. They were huge. The owners told me they were planted 2 years ago and that they were a variety called Apache. They were truly the ugliest blackberries I have ever seen but they were firm and juicy and the vines were thorn less.  Well, maybe not really ugly but not attractive, just giant. I am freezing them on cookie sheets now and will vacuum seal them with my foodsaver in a little while. I plan to render them into juice when the other things I am harvesting are finished. I love using the steamer/juicer and then can them so I have a while before I need to make jelly out of it. It sounds like a lot of steps but it really does save me time.


  1. Heather,

    Yummy, those are huge! Miss the farm we used to pick at.

  2. Hi Heather..I found your blog today and am IN LOVE with it..All the things I love about this life...Farming, gardening, canning, cooking, is always so fun to find someone who likes the same things as you do.

    I'll be back..oh, and btw..BEAUTIFUL blackberries.

    I feel like baking a berry pie :-)

    Kindest Regards,

  3. They must grow them EXTRA big in Idaho as those are some huge berries!

  4. Those are the biggest berries I've ever seen. It's not just their overall size -- some of my golf course specials are about that big, but each drupelet is so huge.

    How's the flavor?

  5. Wow, monster blackberries! I wonder how they would be for making blackberry wine?

  6. my goodness those are some of the biggest berries I have ever seen!

  7. Those are *some* blackberries! And 21 pounds. Wow. Enjoy.

  8. Holy moly!! Those have to be the biggest things I've ever seen. Worth the drive FOR SURE!! Hope your jelly turns out great!!

  9. My goodness Heather I have never ever seen such large blackberries. My mouth waters just at the mere sight of them!!!

  10. I was in oregon for work a couple years ago and was amazed by the black berries growing EVERYWHERE! In the ditch along the road, along the rivers. And nobody to pick them. All the locals I talked to were just kind of like, "eh...blackberries.". They are considered invasive weeds because they just take over. I would love to have that kind of bounty out my back door. Great find!

  11. I never ever seen these type of blackberries. well job ..........

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