Saturday, July 18, 2009

Raspberry Picking with the Hudsons 2009

Today, my Mom (Grammie), Brian, and I took the kids raspberry picking. We go strawberry picking every year to make our jam, but this year, we are delighted to be adding raspberry to our repertoire. It was also a special treat since it is the first time Grammie has been berry-picking with the kids. She lives in my hometown in New York, but we are blessed to have her visit with us for several weeks each summer, and this time, we decided we’d put her to work invite her to join the fun.

We went to our favorite organic farm, Remlinger Farms, in Carnation, WA and had a blast gathering 7 lbs of raspberries (enough for three batches of jam)…and eating a few along the way! James, being only 7 weeks old, wasn't much of a picker, but he certainly contributed helpfully by staying asleep in Mama's Moby Wrap so she could be productive.

Unfortunately, Brian, being our resident photographer, is not featured in these photos, but we hope you enjoy them anyway. My mom is the lovely lady in the black t-shirt and white capris, I'm the one in the sunhat with a baby on the front, and Sophia...well, I'm sure you'll need no help identifying her!

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4 comments:

  1. You have good taste - I had the same exact Moby color for my little bean. :) Berry picking is a lot of fun, I can't wait to go this year. Looks like you guys had a great time!

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  2. Strawberry season has come and gone here (southern OK), but we did the "upick" thing, too. Definitely worth the effort, when you see the beautiful red jewels-in-a-jar sitting on a shelf. And so goooood!!! We picked about double what you did, and got...I'm trying to remember now, how many quarts we ended up with...10? 11? Shoot, the jars are in the pantry...lol. But I've got 5 dc 9 and under, so we can go through some jam, lol.

    We'll be going back to the same place this next week to pick blackberries. And then blueberries, God willing, a week or so after that.

    Enjoy your jam!

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  3. Rachel- Ah, yes. Strawberry season is gone now, here, as well. It's so very brief--but so delicious! We're into raspberry season now and blackberries and blueberries should begin in the next couple weeks. And, I know what you mean about little ones eating jam! Once James starts eating jam, Sophia will only be 3...I'm going to have to teach her how to pick well, though, because I don't think her Daddy and I will be able to pick enough berries for all four of us! We eat a LOT of jam in this house, already! I can't wait until the kids are old enough to pick, too! We'll certainly need to the extra hands by then.
    ~Bethany

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  4. How cool! We visited my brother and his wife in Seattle at the beginning of this month. Just two weeks ago we were at Remlinger Farms, and we all had a blast. It is such a gorgeous area there! (and a lot cooler than down here in Texas!)

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