Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Pickin' Berries

Finally! I got to go berry picking! It has been on my "Summer Bucket List" for years, and for good reason. Berry picking was just as fun as I built it up to be. Hallelujah for +alicia yan for finding and taking me to McBride Briar Patch, making my dreams come true.

Raspberries are pretty dang thorny. If you go, you should definitely wear long pants and long sleeves. When you pick raspberries, if they are ripe, they come right off leaving this white cone-shaped middle. I have never seen raspberries still on the vine but they look exactly like their pictures! Those fruit snack package images are spot on.

Utah surely has beautiful skies.
The next door neighbors have reindeer, regular deer, goats, and sheep. They domesticate their animals by bottle feeding them while they are babies. When the reindeer are grown, they use them to pull sleighs. No joke, that's what the old man farmer told me. This little girl was feeding the animals leaves and flowers. I'm just glad her fingers didn't get bitten off.
I'm actually not sure what animal this is. I think it's a male goat, but it's eyes weren't square shaped, so I'm not completely sold on that answer. The old man farmer kept saying how beautiful he was.
The older couple that runs the patch have been farming in Utah for ten years. They had a few rows of strawberries and let me pick a few. Raspberry season will last all through fall until winter. I picked a pound of fruit which costed me $3. Alicia and Stan were more dedicated to the cause and picked a total of 5.5 pounds! 

Oh yeah, the old man gave us a piece of rope so we could tie the buckets around our waists so we could pick with two hands. Looks dumb, but works berry picking wonders.

That night, we made crepes with fresh raspberries and fresh whipped cream. Yumscrumdeeleeumpcious.

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