We went to our favorite spot to pick wild blueberries and what did we find?... Blackberries, of course! It was a good surprise because blackberries are much easier to gather than tiny wild blueberries. We did manage to find a bit of delicious blueberries here and there, but blackberries were our main treasure. For years I've wanted to make jam... every summer I talk about it, but never make it to the berry patches in time to get enough for preserving. Our homegrown berries are promptly eaten by my two little birds with an occasional berry thrown my way. But these lovely blackberries were free with a bit of hard work and scrapped legs (remember to wear long pants when in the blackberry brambles!). We went back to our spot two or three times until we had enough for the kids to devour as well as make eighteen jars of jam! The girls helped with every part of the process which made it extra fun... especially the sampling. I don't think we're quite done with our blackberry harvesting. It would be nice to have some for freezing for pies and muffins and warm oatmeal on Fall mornings. So hopefully we'll spend at least a few more days out on the hill side gathering.