Berry Season

Thompson-Finch Farm, in Ancram

If there’s anything that makes you feel the seasons around here, it’s harvesting berries.  Let me explain the progression to you.  Tell me if it rings true.

Asher and I capture the same moment

Strawberry rhubarb balsamic

When raspberries, for example, first come into season you fall head over heels in love. You pick  the lovely things, working your way deeper and deeper into the labyrinth of thorny canes and stinging nettles, swelling with secret pride as you develop small fascinating stings on your fingers and forearms and red stains on the hem of your shirt.  You taste every 4th or 5th berry to see whether this branch holds tartness, sweetness, or floral nectar.  In your heyday you rake in 6 pounds in 45 minutes.
Then you bring your friends.  Extolling the wonders of the bushes you lead them headlong into the prickers, warning them of the perils, perhaps too late.  You urge them to taste.

Maddy at New Economics Institute

You prepare and plan the pie-making.  The ratio of sugar to tart rhubarb and raspberry.  You count on your fingers, following the five-finger rule.  Fruit, sugar, thickener, lemon juice, salt.

Everyone gorges himself.

Finally, with pounds of raspberries frozen in perfect form, yet to be pulverized by frantic freezer foraging, you can feel secure.  You can think about what’s next.

Garlic scapes

The view south from Alford


About adventuresofaleece

Senior Project Manager at The Working World, a non-profit CDFI with an investment fund that focuses on loans and equity investments for worker-owned cooperative businesses. Recently graduated with an MA in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University. Formerly Executive Director of the BerkShares local currency program in Western Massachusetts and Director of Programs at the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. Former line cook and prep cook at Txikito Cocina Vasca. Writer, teacher, and traveler.
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1 Response to Berry Season

  1. Steve Ide says:

    I’m SO hungry right now…

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