Berry pickin’

Calm choosing Dahlias

Our friend, Calm, asked us to go pick blackberries at Sauvie Island today, which was pretty serendipitous because the kids and I had just been talking about picking berries this weekend (though we were thinking about the huckleberry variety… which would have been quite a drive).

We hit the island at the perfect time to pick corn, blackberries, and flowers as the sun set behind the west hills and the moon rose above Mt. Hood. It was a beautiful evening and we missed the heat of the day – and crowds… was the first time I’d been to Sauvie Island when 1/2 of Portland wasn’t there with me (though I admittedly only make it out around pumpkin patch time).

To top off the day, we picked up a gallon of vanilla bean ice cream and had blackberry sundaes.

And to top off the evening, I’ve been attempting to freeze the 7 pounds of blackberries my little worker-bees harvested. It’s amazing how much more productive they are when the blackberries don’t have thorns (we picked Chester blackberries at the farm rather than the Himalayan or Evergreen variety that are clawing their way across the NW).

Jason having a tough time getting the blackberries into the cup.

Jason having a tough time getting the blackberries into the cup.

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