Blackberry Pickin

I like blackberries. They are perhaps my favorite fruit. My like for them comes not only from their taste (which is scrumptious), but also from their egalitarianism. They are available to anyone: no special farming required, no payment for u-picking, no secret locations*. Anyone can just walk to their nearest abandoned lot and likely find more berries than one person could possibly eat.

That's exactly what I did this weekend. The neighbors and I grabbed our bikes and a few tuperware containers and headed for the industrial area of Anacortes, the best location for abandoned lots. Deanna was on a mission to make jam while Logan and I were merely there to fill our maws to the brim. While I picked enough berries to trade for one jar of the resulting jam, I also found time to play a little version of basketball using berries as the ball and my mouth as the basket. (I contend that I am a champion tossed-food catcher. If anyone wants to challenge me, I'm in.)

Anyway, I hope to get at least one more berry picking session in this season. It is a treat that satisfies the taste buds as well as the mind. Yum!.

(Of course there is the whole issue of blackberries being a crazy invasive species and taking over almost any area it comes across, but as far as invasive species go, at least it gives something back to the community it takes so much from.)

((Then there is the song lyrics that always go through my head when out blackberry pickin': Jimmy Buffett's Life Is Just a Tire Swing. ...Blackberry pickin, eatin fried chicken/And I never knew a thing about pain'/Life was just a tire swing))
Monday September 1 2008File under: food, Anacortes

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on Tue 02nd Sep, 2008 07:14 am PDT per said:
'tis precisely what makes the third hole at Cornwall so long. Oops, I accidentally shanked it into the prickly river bed!
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on Tue 02nd Sep, 2008 09:31 am PDT Saxtor said:
Ol' Perje is bitching(?) about one hole at Cornwall. I think he should give Northern State a whirl.
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on Tue 02nd Sep, 2008 09:41 am PDT Wren said:
I don't think he was bitching at all. I think he was pointing out an asset on the course; a distraction, if you will. We always would get the groups behind us mad at us because we would take a break from the course to munch on blackberries. Viva la hole #3! (Although I'm sure Western State has quite a bounty as well)
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on Wed 03rd Sep, 2008 11:57 pm PDT Horge said:
This is totally unrelated, but Wren is this secretly you? http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/multimedia/2008/09/gallery_reader_geek_tattoos?slide=5&slideView=2
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