BlackBerry Picking Time

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Its that time again. Went to our favourite location in the Rubicon
valley 100km NE of melbourne saturday and picked some 3kg of Blackberries in about an hour.

This equates to about $60 worth around Melbourne.

Would have got more , but the dog had cornered a rabbit and it
took some time to humanely calm the situation, and we were already running late after clipping the edge of a wombat hole
and dropping the front wheel into it in the bonnet high grass.

The Blackberries were in generally good condition , but not of
excellant quality and from the look of the crop they have not quite
reached their peak yet.

We divided them up into 150g lots , each in a plastic bag , and then freeze them. We (my wife with my moral support) regularly make apple pies and sponges and we add one lot of Blackberries to an 800g can of apples as the filling.

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Reply By: Member -Signman - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 14:03

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 14:03
Was that the area I saw them out poison spraying the 'berrys last weekend??
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 14:31

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 14:31
Hi Signman

The only produce guaranteed to be poisioned is that which comes from a supermarket.
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Reply By: Rod W - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 14:38

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 14:38
Yummy yes please. What time is tea?
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Reply By: Willem - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 16:05

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 16:05
Yep, we have the thornless Blackberries growing in the garden and have a feed every day of them.

$20kg? Wow. Our grapes are ripening as are the stone fruit in our small orchard and we have to go away for 2 weeks. Hope the birds leave us some

Cheers
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Reply By: Shaker - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 16:22

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 16:22
Try this sometime ..... a handfull of blackberries into the bread in a jaffle iron, half a treaspoon of sugar, close & cook as normal.
Serve with cream, ice cream (if you travel with a freezer) or Rice Cream.
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 18:12

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 18:12
Rice cream - haven't heard that name for a long time Shaker.

It used to be a staple camping food when I was younger and a can used to dissappear so fast you never bothered with a plate.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 23:27

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2008 at 23:27
There is always a can in our food box!
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Reply By: HGMonaro - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 16:24

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 16:24
always like reading your posts Robin.. never know what you've been up to!!

We picked a 6+ kg watermelon from our vegie garden yesterday... Kids wanted to grow them but I thought it wouldn't here in Melb, but with the little bit of watering it got (stage 3a restrictions or whatever were currently under) produced a very succulent melon. Got several more maturing so we should have more watermelon than we'd ever buy! Pity I can't say the same about my strawberries.

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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 19:06

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 19:06
Hi Nige

That sounds great . I guess the strawberies are harder to grow.

We are getting by in melbourne simply by using the second rinse water from our washing machine on everything.

Its such a great source of water that I can't ever see us getting a more efficent model and hence depriving ourselves of water during these restrictions.
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Reply By: Member RayJen Paj05 (NSW) - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 16:30

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 16:30
Nice, Robin. Yesterday we picked 2kg of blackberries from our 'bottom paddock' with my 92yo Mum who is visiting from Adelaide. Lilly, our Tenterfield Terrier, chased a rabbit down the paddock towards us, so we had the unique view of a rabbit running at top speed, then virtually running between us and into the bush with Lilly in hot pursuit (she normally catches a few a week). A great way to spend a nice afternoon.

Jenny has made jam this arvo: I am chief taster :-) and soon to be pot cleaner :-(

Her scones tomorrow am before I take Mum to the airport make it all worthwhile! Nature delivers....

Cheers, Ray
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Follow Up By: Des Lexic - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 16:41

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 16:41
I hope some of the Berry scones make it to Berri on Thursday.
What time are you planning on arriving. Have a BBQ planned if you make it in time.
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Follow Up By: Member RayJen Paj05 (NSW) - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 16:46

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 16:46
Sorry Des, your sister says they're not good for ya! We will call you 2nite mate...cheers, Ray
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Reply By: Member - Leave_enough_space - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 18:17

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 18:17
Willem,

Want someone to orchard sit while you're away?
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Reply By: Member - Lance S (VIC) - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 18:52

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 18:52
The oldies live in Jamieson and have a fence line about 200mts long which the old man keeps very neat and trimmed,he has his best crop in about 5 years. Except his red heeler eats all the lower ones. The kids love berries and ice cream and mum makes heaps of blackberry jam. Will be up there in 2 weeks for our next stuffing of berries.

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Reply By: Mike Harding - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 18:55

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 18:55
Nice post Robin :)

My ex. made beautiful pastries and sweets - I certainly remember the blackberry and apple, perhaps I should cook some. And I agree about the supermarket stuff.

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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 19:40

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 19:40
Blackberries...........YUMMMMMMM.
Only thing better is Raspberries.
My Pop in Tas used to pick em and my Nanna qould work wonders with them. We used to get buckets and buckets of Rasps........it's only now i realise their worth.
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Follow Up By: slave - Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 21:44

Monday, Feb 11, 2008 at 21:44
Brew, my Pop and Nanna in Tassie used to grow Raspberries too.

No we are not related either, well not closely anyway Lol.

I don't remember getting fresh berries, but do remember getting pies made from the frozen berries and Nannas home made flaky pastry.

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