Thursday, August 25, 2011


It's 9:00 PM and this is my third batch of blackberry jam today. I won't have any time next week to deal with them and the blackberries are lovely right now. Usually they get ripe Fair week and I am scrambling to get a few batches of jam made and deal with the Fair. This year everything is late and so they didn't really start getting ripe until this week. They seem to have been happy with the extra rain and cool weather as they are big and lush and beautiful. Blackberry jam is one of our favorites. The bushes are really a noxious weed most of the time but I forgive them when the berries are ripe. Last year I also made a batch of blackberry whiskey from a recipe from The Weaver of Grass in Yorkshire. I'm going to do that again.