Wednesday, July 23, 2008

hundreds of delicious berries

my mom was here visiting a couple weeks ago. fortunately, i was feeling better so we were able to venture out of the house. this was the first time that my mom had been here during the summertime, so she was actually able to enjoy some warmer weather and sunshine! she usually comes for birthdays and such which happen to be in october and march, both of which are drizzly, cold, cloudy months. it may have been a bit too warm for her, but it was better than the constant drizzle she is used to!

the day before she left we decided to take the girls berry picking for the first time! i know, it's pretty sad that we've been her for over 8 years and this was the first time berry picking in oregon, but better late than never! the girls had such a great time! we were about a week late for the strawberries, of which mitch was very disappointed when we came home without them. but we were able to get some blackberries, loganberries, and raspberries!

we went to rowell bros. where all you can eat while picking is free! so, we took to tasting the different berries as we picked. they were so yummy! we started with two different types of blackberries...

pickin with tutu

here, tutu is showing the girls which berries are the ripe ones. lala had a hard time not picking the red blackberries. she figured all berries are best when red!

 

 is this a good one 

"is this a good one?" it looks good to me!

 

lala berries

"mommie, look at all the berries i've picked!" lala actually decided that she didn't like the blackberries, so she didn't pick too many of them. the ones she did pick she was picking for me! isn't she sweet!

 

 nani berries

nani, on the other hand, liked the blackberries the very best. so, she did a pretty good job picking a lot of them. this was just after she started. when she was through with the blackberries we couldn't see the bottom of her bucket.

 

faded picking

by the time we got to the raspberries, lala was a little bored with picking berries and took to digging in the dirt! the raspberries were my favorite so nani and i were busy getting as many as we could!

 

faded walking away

after about an hour, we decided we had picked enough berries and headed to the weighing station to pay for the berries. we got a little over 3 pounds and it cost us just over $3.00 for all those delicious berries!

 

 bright berries

just look at the beautiful colors of those berries! mouth wateringly yummy! that night with dinner we had berry smoothies, of course! so cool and refreshing!

as we were leaving both of the girls said, "that was so much fun! can we do it again?" so, we will be doing blueberries this week.....mmm-mmm!

17 comments:

hailey said...

I'm so glad you posted this, my mom is coming in a couple weeks and wanted to can blackberries, and I had no idea where to find a good deal. Thanks!

Sarah said...

Berry picking is the best. I love to do it and I love having all the berries!

Zeek the Geek said...

We had Raspberry bushes in our back yard when I was a kid. When my mom would go out to pick them they were always gone because my sisters and I would eat them while we were out playing.

Michal said...

yummy. next time you need to make a pie. those blackberries have pie written all over them. i guess smoothies were a healthier choice.
that looks like lots of fun. i need to investigate where i could go around here.

ericandjanine said...

Mmm...we just went tonight and picked 8lbs. of berries!!! We're going to take them to Colorado in a cooler with us and use them for my brothers reception! So yummy!

Ilene said...

Yum, Oregon berries are the best. We had an apartment with blackberry "weeds" in the back.

jessica said...

That's it! You have motivated me to take my girls. I went raspberry picking once and got stung by a wasp. Ever since then I've had an aversion to berry picking, but clearly my girls are missing out.

ashley said...

my mouth is watering!

Scott-n-Allison said...

We always go to pick, and then my kids end up chasing eachother through the fields while I pick and pick and pick all by myself. It does make for a good time, though.

You should be a little happy you couldn't do the strawberries...bending over or squating for so long is a killer on the back!

Mandy said...

How funny I went for the first time too a couple of weeks ago. I went to the same place too! They have great berries so delicious! I need to go again, that is for sure.

Sara said...

I've never done this before but some friends in my ward found a place to go here in Texas so maybe I'll venture out with my kids one of these days. Looks like a fun day and those pictures made me hungry!

Elizabeth said...

Yummy! I love the way you treated the photos, so they look kind of aged. The berry patch was so fun! Thanks for taking us back with you the other day. Kawena is a great little berry picker!

Melissa-Mc said...

Yum! I can smell that jam. I love the pictures.

Danielle said...

What a fun time! And the pictures are so beautiful. You are such a wonderful photographer. How lucky your children are that you capture these moments so beautifully for them to look back at one day.

Amanda D said...

Great pics! We haven't been berry picking yet...it's so easy to say, "We'll do that later." Before we know it, later has come and we haven't done it. You've inspired me though! We're going to get out there!

Katie Smith said...

Berry picking is the best. Count your blessing there because there are no berries to be had here in Utah. So sad! I love the pictures with that antique-ish look on them...so cool! Looks like a fun day. Maybe you'll have to start a tradition!

Tonya said...

We have lived here now for over 11 years and still have never been berry picking except for the little blackberry bush right by our house. I am obviously paying way to much for berries even at Winco, so I think you have motivated me to take the kids berry picking! See, a healthy snack can be inexpensive. WOW!