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Berry Picking at WUG

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West Union Gardens really does a great job with their berry canes. They are well tended and watered. The berries hang heavy and ripe.

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Picking is fairly easy, even with the bees hanging out. They must be a bit drunk on all of the flowers at WUG in the spring when the canes are all coated in flowers.

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In two hours we managed to pick a flat each of Tay berries, Logan berries, Silvan blackberries, and Green gooseberries.

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When I came home I even had a few red raspberries from my own canes.

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WUG Picking Round 1

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I really love picking at West Union Gardens. The berries are well tended. The staff are pleasant. It’s lovely to be out picking in the sunshine.

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The berries are huge and when they are ripe, they are sooooo delicious. I had a little fall down with the silvan blackberries. They just tasted too good.

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Even the bees were in on the act.  They were just buzzing and flitting about.

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By the end of our day, we had 4 flats of berries ready for the freezer.  They will be lovely jam sometime soon.


Um, Again?

Yeah. I went back to West Union Garden again. I like their variety and that they are open from 8-8. So you have plenty of opportunity to go pick. I like to pick in the morning best. It’s cool and quiet and you can just pick to your heart’s content.

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This time I sampled some pink gooseberries and Waldo thornless blackberries. Great, right?

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The Waldo’s were very pretty with their canes arched up for support and easier picking.

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The pink gooseberries are fantastic. I love the color and the bushes and the foliage. Really, I just love the gooseberries. I might have to grow some just because the bushes are gorgeous. I know most people would find them rather sparse and uninspiring, but I really like them.

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I also found some pretty weeds.

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And the bees were busy buzzing in the thistle flowers too.


1 Comment

Berry Picking

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I’ve been exploring the different berries available out here. I picked Tay berries and Logan berries last week. Then decided to pick some gooseberries and currants this week.

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Luckily there is a nice big berry farm not far from the house. The berry bushes were full of gooseberries. I had a lot of fun learning about ripe gooseberries and checking out the hairy berries.

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I wasn’t as impressed with the currants. The black currants really do have a vague juniper berry smell/taste. I only picked 1 box of those. The red currants I liked a little better. They had a much more intriguing flavor profile for me. I look forward to making lots of jam this fall when it is cooler! I’ve been freezing pounds and pounds of berries from home and from West Union.

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I love the berries all lined up in their containers.