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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Last of the June berries...wild harvesting around town

We spent the morning wildharvesting fruit with a few other neighbourhood families - mostly mulberries from a huge tree that we've found around the corner growing near a parking lot.  In other years we've climbed the tree and shaken the berries onto a tarp below, but this year the season has gone so quickly with all the rain that the berries were mostly on the ground.  However, with only about half an hour of gathering we filled numerous quart baskets - and not to mention the ones eaten directly by our little helpers!  At the end of the picking there were beautiful purple mulberry stained hands, faces, mouths, pants, toes...  We also noticed a nearby cherry tree loaded with the last cherries of this season, just past their prime and falling off the tree.  We checked with the home owner and picked several baskets full too.  There are so many abandoned or wild edibles around the city so it feels good to take in some of the local harvest to enjoy over the winter months.

2 comments:

  1. Oh my!
    I just found you via a new subscription to Natural Life Magazine!
    My husband and I have a 16 month old daughter and another baby due in September. We are so searching to find more local people to know.
    We live in Lindsay and my dad and step-mom are organic farmers in Coe Hill.
    If you can point us in the direction of any Lindsay resources or people who also love attatchment parenting and homeschooling/unschooling we would be forever grateful!
    Off to explore the rest of your site, I was just too excited to not write!
    e.

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  2. I have many fond memories of hours spent climbing in mulberry trees...unfortunatly, so far we only know of found two trees in our neck of the woods, but as both are in parks we are content to pick a few to snack on, and leave the rest (and the climbing) to kids...

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