Yesterday afternoon I took a long walk up and down the driveway. My mission - to pick the first blackberries of the season. I had noticed the odd ripe berries here and there as I drove back and forth this past week. I also noticed that I had to keep stopping for deer, who were happily munching on the ripe berries! I can't really blame them. It has been so hot and dry this Summer. I imagine that they are getting desperate for anything fresh, with a good moisture content. So, I picked what I could find, which wasn't a lot. After all of my hunting and reaching, I only ended up with a bowl containing 1 lbs. 10.2 oz of fruit. But I had better be happy with this. Most of the green berries still left to ripen are small and hard. It's not going to be a great berry year.
I also was able to pick 5 more ripe tomatoes this weekend. All five were from my "Bloody Butcher" plant. So far it has been the only plant to produce and ripened fruit. The five I picked today totaled 5.8 oz.