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Blackberries: A Simple Joy

Blackberries in the wild

Blackberries in the wild

I had a wonderful experience this weekend, eating some of nature’s bounty here on the farm. I thought I’d share it with you. Talk about eating local! 🙂

Blackberries in the wild

Blackberries in the wild

What I picked on my evening stroll

What I picked on my evening stroll

Back in the kitchen: washed berries

Back in the kitchen: washed berries

After much internal struggle, I elected to make preserves instead of a pie

After much internal struggle, I elected to make preserves instead of a pie

Sugar is the only thing I added

Sugar is the only thing I added

Blackberries get a little red when you start cooking them.

Blackberries get a little red when you start cooking them.

Near catastrophe was averted. I was amazed that so much boiling volume happened, since I added no liquid.

Near catastrophe was averted. I was amazed that so much boiling volume happened, since I added no liquid.

The yield wasn't what I had hoped for all those berries, but I now have refrigerator jam for the week.

The yield wasn’t what I had hoped for all those berries, but what I do have is thick and chunky and tastes great… sour and sweet (since I didn’t add too much sugar). I now have refrigerator jam for the week.

Blackberry topping and just a tiny bit of maple syrup atop my healthy waffles. I'd give you the recipe, but I just threw it together by memory until it looked right. (Whole wheat pastry flour, an egg, a little sugar, and milk.) It turned out nicely!

Blackberry topping and just a tiny bit of maple syrup atop my healthy waffles. I’d give you the recipe, but I just threw it together by memory until it looked right. (Whole wheat pastry flour, an egg, a little sugar, and milk.) It turned out nicely!

Breakfast from the farm, on the farm

Breakfast from the farm, on the farm

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