The story this week is definitely the explosion of blackberries. On Saturday I picked once in the afternoon and then again in the evening. The first time, I don't know that I even walked 20 feet before my berry bucket was full! The berries this year are quite large and very, very sweet. I just don't understand how they have sized up when we really haven't had any significant rain since April and all of the berries that I picked this weekend were on plants growing on a well drained hillside. The fields are all brown and the forest are burning in Oregon but the wild blackberries look amazing. I guess we will just have to enjoy Mother Nature's gift and keep on picking. This week's total was 8 lbs. 4.6 oz. Some of the harvest was cleaned and frozen, some was stashed in the fridge to use right away and the rest was turned into 16 half pint jars of blackberry jam.
The tomatoes are now producing a nice, steady harvest each week.
I picked all of the ripe tomatoes on Sunday after I finished my jam-making session. The results were:
- "Galina" - (26) 5.4 oz
- "Mountain Magic" - (4) 2.7 oz
- "Matthew" - (21) 8.4 oz
- "Esterina" - (8) 1.2 oz
- "Matina" - (10) 5.4 oz