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.