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Farm life

September 18, 2011

Last Sunday (a week ago now) I went up to Open Oak Farm with Rick and Tabby to pick some ( = 3 gallons) blackberries.  It was great to see the farm where all the CSA produce comes from and finally meet the farmers!

Back of the farm, looking east-ish.

It was HOT.  This strange end-of-summer heat wave was very confusing, because it finally felt like high/middle summer, but the days are already noticeably shorter.  What I didn’t know was this was the last really warm day, because with Monday came the clouds and at least a 20 degree drop in temperature.  We picked a ton of berries and successfully avoided the bees/wasps/hornets.

Action shot. I promise Rick is not relieving himself in the bushes; he wandered off into the trees to do that.

On the way back into town we stopped at a creek to “swim.”  It was later than we had originally anticipated so the sun was already behind the hills and it had cooled down a lot.  Also, the creek was only knee-deep at best.  Rick managed to lie down most of the way, and I squatted far enough to get my bathing suit wet since I had been wearing it all day and it would have felt like a waste not to try.  I found a crayfish!

This lone crayfish was not enough for dinner for 7, so he was released.

Once back in Eugene we had a delightful fajita dinner at Ed and Maggie’s.  It wouldn’t feel like summer without hanging out on their deck with the puppies (I mean, giant great danes).  And Ed only tried to walk through the screen door once.

So began a week of eating lots and lots of blackberries, mostly with breakfast.  I was originally thinking about making a pie with them, but they’re so tasty that I just like eating them as is.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 29, 2011 4:02 am

    Do blackberries get in your teeth?

  2. October 3, 2011 8:05 am

    Yeah, sort of. I don’t remember if we get blackberries back in MA? There certainly seem to be a ton more of them out here.

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