Tuesday, August 30, 2011

First Blackberry Harvest

We enjoyed our first blackberries from the berry garden this past weekend. 
To say that I was ecstatic would be an understatement.

My sweet Graham joined me for this festive occasion, although we only picked a few berries together before he started grabbing fistfuls of vines and leaves (with a readied open mouth).

His fingers touched their first blackberry and it was a marvelous wonder to watch. xo

There were enough ripe berries that morning to serve with our breakfast -
mmm mmm, so sweet.

I also picked the very last of our blueberries. 

A colander of sweet summer berries made my heart sing.

We enjoyed our fresh picked berries over whole wheat pancakes. It has become our weekend tradition for Mike to make us pancakes on both Saturday and Sunday mornings. 

He makes them mostly for me, I'll admit it. Although I do know that he enjoys them, it is mostly I who think it's perfectly acceptable to have them two mornings in a row... 

Although sometimes, I go out on a limb and request french toast...I know, I'm unpredictable

Pure organic maple syrup completes our weekend breakfast tradition.



Jenn said...

Gahh at 22 I'm a little past prime adoption age but, please, consider it will you? I'll live in the guest house/sauna. I come with bachelors degree and credentials.

Oh! Baby Designs said...

I've just discovered your to drool over blog. It's beautiful, scrumptious and addicting!
Not to mention we might be neighbors. I live an hour from Portland, OR.
Love knowing there are beautiful places in this {as some say} boring state.
Can't wait to keep reading and pouring over your gorgeous pictures!

Vera at Oh! Baby Designs

country girl said...

So wonderful! Blackberries are my favorite. They have such a compley, dark, sweet taste. My favorite is blackberry pie.

We make pancakes on Saturdays...sometimes french toast. I love little family traditions.

Thank you for your hug, I needed it!

Lots of love,


Teresa said...

Os sigo desde hace meses ,y os felicito por vuestra magnífica granja,los frutos y flores y sobretodo, por vuestros ¡¡ preciosos bebes !!.

bolso.me said...

You are doing wonderful things with your babies. When I think that others don't spend a second even to read a story to their own children...
By the way. If the garden continues growing so much you'll have enough production for making marmalades.

leah said...

Would love to be sharing brekki with you!! Yum! Love the gorgeous photo of Graham and his first touch of blackberries!

Mel's Designs from the Cabin said...

Yummy! I love both blueberrys and blackberrys...fresh fruit...awe....I remember picking strawberry's with my young grandsons, and the youngest wanted to talk about each strawberry he picked...he was about 4 at the time...I brought him and his brothers to help me pick more strawberrys, but my idea didn't work....lol...we had a fun day together picking strawberrys....Mel's Designs from the Cabin...Mel

Simply LKJ said...

Those look delicious! Our blueberries are done for this year (our season is late June-early July). I would love to try growing some blackberries. We love them on cereal, pancakes and in yogurt parfaits as well. Graham is adorable. How wonderful they are growing up learning to eat such healthy foods.

My Little Bungalow said...

Beautiful photos! I love the syrup pitcher with the Bakelite handle -- at least it looks like it from the photo. I have a lot of Bakelite pieces but no syrup pitcher. Graham is so sweet and growing so quickly! I'll bet you can't wait until he can taste his first home-picked blackberry.

Anonymous said...

Such a special moment.

What is the adorable embroidered shirt he is wearing?


A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Kellie,

His shirt has a red printed giraffe on it. It's a hand me down from my nephew.

Hi Claudia,

The handle is bakelight, my dad gave me the pitcher. He also gave me a much larger one that looks exactly like the smaller one. We use that when there are more people.

Trina ; )

Ami at A Sierra Home said...

Just beautiful. I read this early in the morning and now have a crazy yearning for pancakes. I planted my first ever berries this year, but only raspberry. I can't get a bowl full because my boys eat them off the vine the second they're ripe! Do those blackberry bushes have thorns? My raspberries have some mean stickers! Thanks for the lovely, lovely post. It's a treat to read.

Designs By Pinky said...

Sweet, precious pictures. The berries look good too:):) I just had some cereal with blueberies, as I do EVERY morning!!! XO, Pinky

A Hint of Home said...

What a sweetie you have for a helper! There's nothing like home grown fruit or veggies.
Have a great day!

Helene said...

I have been reading this blog for quite a while and have been searching for similar blogs to read, but I havent found one blog that could compare to yours. Thanks, Trina, for sharing beautiful pictures, tips, recipes and stories! Keep it up :)

Mary said...

You have createda beautiful home for your family. It sounds like you've also fashioned a beautiful life together. It is always a pleasure to visit here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Boho Farm and Home said...

Just love this post! Oh how I wish we could be harvesting blackberries in August! Delightful.

Gail said...

Yummy! Your berries look so pretty and delicious. :) I could eat pancakes 2 days in a row too!



P.S. Do you have a good resource where you buy your maple syrup? We like it with our pancakes too but its so expensive here. We use it VERY sparingly. :)

house of earnest said...

This looks fabulous! I would love pancakes on a weekend morning with those fresh berries on top! But we have so much wildlife, our crops always get ransacked! How do you keep the deer away from those beautiful plants?

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Gail,
Unfortunately, we don't have a very good resource for our maple syrup. We buy ours from our local grocery store so a 16 oz bottle is around $15 - on sale! It's a special splurge of ours.

House of Earnest,
We do have deer and in fact, we woke up to some 'pruning' this very morning. But they only ate the vines and left both the ripe and pink berries, so that was a relief.


24 Corners said...

The berries are beautiful! I love how Graham was so 'ready to harvest'! All of these amazing 'first' are so special and I love that you're sharing them with us, they always put such a huge smile on my face!
Oh, and I *just* gave my mom a little white collander as a gift this morning...she loved it and is going to use it for berries...so funny!
xoxo J~

(the pitcher is fantastic!)

aBroad said...

That would definitely get me to eat breakfast ! or would I ? it is so pretty :)

What sweet memories you bring back with Graham and his "readied open mouth " ... babies just grabbing Everything and Anything and sticking it in their mouths lol ... give him a big kiss from me please.


bj said...

Oh, the berries, the pancakes, the syrup...all look sooo good..but when that sweet Graham is in the picture, he IS THE STAR. So adorable.:)

Elaine said...

The pictures of the black berries sure brought back memories of homemade pies. The field behind my home used to be full of these until the city graded the land up. Years ago my husband and I had over three acres of blueberries that we tended to ..They can be work but are delicious in pies and muffins or just fresh.

Mimi said...

I just want to reach out and eat those berries! Mimi xx

Tereza said...

I love this tie of year when there are fresh berries everywhere! enjoy~

I have an earring Giveaway ending tomorrow you should try to check it out!

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Ami,

No, the blackberry bush is thornless. It's a non-invasive variety we thought we'd try - so far, we've been quite happy with it!


KAT said...

that is such a sweet post ! literally !

Bokcaféet i byn said...

Good morning Trina,
Such beautiful photos you are showing us! Your home and garden is so inspiring and gives me ideas for our garden in the bottom south of Sweden.
Have a wonderful day!
Kindest regards,

reginascottage said...

hi trina
your blackberries looks great.i have also blackberries in my garden,my family and I we like blackberries jam.great photos and a wonderful blog
have a nice day,

Franka said...

Sweet berries
sweet baby!

Greetings from Germany!

The Country Cardinal said...

I know... it's so rude of me to keep inviting myself, and thus far, nothing has worked. All this beautiful sweetness -- berries, Graham, first tastes -- is simply impossible to resist, so I thought I'd try this...

My parachute is ready; when can I drop in?

I'll bring some fresh-from-the-tree northeastern maple syrup... cases and cases and cases of it.

A New England Life said...

Tell your husband to make extra pancakes this week-end because we'll all be there ; )


Dianne said...

You mention that your husband does most of the cooking/baking, that is wonderful. Does he work from home that he is so accessible to help?
You have a wonderful blog, and I love your beautiful home, garden and babies!!!

A Country Farmhouse said...

Hi Dianne,

He works from home (since the babies were born), two days a week. He's busy! He comes home from work, gets started with dinner and then most often works late at night.

Of course, there's also the baby care!

He's wonderful and all three of us are very blessed to have him as husband and father. xo


the brown shed said...

Hi Trina,

I really enjoy your blog. I love to see the beauty and simplicity of your home.

Here in Texas our blackberry season ended quite some time ago, but we enjoyed them from our small potager when they were producing. We have to beat the birds to them at times. --- We are planning on planting a few blueberries next season. --- It is such a joy to feed your family from your own garden, don't you think!

Alway a delight to stop and see what you have here.


eddieross said...

Graham is so cute! Glad to hear you all enjoyed the harvest!
Have a great weekend.
xo E + J

Maria said...

You're making me cry! I was supposed to be in USA right now enjoying blueberries and yummy blackberries. I could have come visit you! But alas! I am stuck here in Oz, planting blueberries, watching our wild blackberries take over the side of my property. Summer is on its way here and I can look forward to gloating soon to you! Hee hee.

Mrs Bok - The Bok Flock said...

I love your home - soorheous, fresh, welcoming and cosy. Your berry garden sounds a delight

A Rosy Note said...

Oh, that looks so tasty! How nice to be able to pick all those berries fresh from your own garden. I'm always on the look out for wild raspberries, but the ones I find never seem to amount to a whole lot.
Tricia :)

Paula Jo @ Home and Garden Decor said...

Those blackberries look delicious and I bet they are. Graham was having a good time, and I bet his eyes were open wide with wonder. I wish my hubby would make pancakes for me every weekend. Enjoy those berries!!

MG said...


I recently found your blog and really enjoy reading! My husband and I are starting our farm here in Hawai'i. I'm in charge of gardens while he's taken care of animals. Thanks for the inspiration.

Aloha from Hawai'i :)

cityfarmer said...

I simply MUST get to the family farm and start picking ...

bought a griddle today for our fall pancake weekend fest

Kat said...

Oh, I adore blackberries!!! Those look heavenly!!!

The Polished Pebble said...


xo kelley

Nicole Zone 5 said...

Sweet picture of you and your little guy...love the harvest...Good stuff!

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