Friday, May 09, 2008

Picking Blackberries and Reaping the Rewards

The day started bright and early (4:30am), but the sweet rewards are definitely worth it! We went blackberry picking today from 6am until 8am and picked over 50 lbs! That is a record for us - there are SO many huge blackberries on the vines this year!

There are only two things that I voluntarily get up before the sun to do: yard sales and picking blackberries! I guess that tells you something about my priorities:-)There is only one blackberry farm in this area, and since the daughter of the owner is part of our home school group, they let the home school families that want to come and pick the berries for them and then we get to keep 10% of whatever we pick. So today we went home with over 5 lbs of blackberries for two hours work! That would cost over $30 to purchase them, so I am very happy! And that is just the first time we are going to be picking. I am hoping to pick at least one more time (maybe two) before the short one month season is over.We will make blackberry cobbler, blackberry pie, and mostly just eat the berries with plain yogurt and honey (my favorite!). I will freeze some of them so they can last through the summer, too.

If we didn't have this opportunity, we surely couldn't afford to buy blackberries, so this is my Frugal Friday! If you have the opportunity to pick any kinds of fruits, I recommend you take advantage of this opportunity to make the most of your dollars and get some terrific and fresh fruit for your family. And go on over to Biblical Womanhood for more Frugal Friday ideas!

Also, visit the Festival of Frugality over at Quest for Four Pillars for more frugal ideas (especially if you are considering a major purchase in the near future.)

1 comment:

Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

well done to you all