Harvest from the Hedgerows: A Tale of Blackberry Picking

Picking Blackberries

We often stop and nibble blackberries from hedgerows when on family walks.  We very rarely have any sort of container with us so we can collect enough to take home.  So this weekend ,with a bumper apple harvest from the garden we made a specific date with our local hedgerows for a spot of blackberry gathering.  There do seem to be a lot of blackberries about the year and the season seems to be going on forever.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that blackberries usually grow where nettles also flourish.  Yes nettles can sting through trousers.  The best and ripest blackberries are also those just out of reach.  A stick or a tall friend can come in very handy.



Luckily we did find some berries that were low enough for my son to pick.


The hedges are also full of so manyother  berries this time of year.We spotted elderberries, rosehips, the seedheads of  thistles  and sloes.  A century ago whole villages would have foraged for these.  We spent 10 minutes or so suggesting to my son that now he had spotted ‘slowberries’ he would have to look harder to find the ‘fastberries’, before he cottoned onto the joke.


While picking we placed our container on the ground.  I can remember childhood blackberry gathering when containers tipped out their contents as somebody stretched to reach a particularly juicy specimen.  And yes, you have guessed it, this time I stepped on the container knocking it over into the grass.  Well at least it wasn’t a nettle bed and we managed to retrieve all of the berries.

Looking forward to our blackberry and apple desserts this week.  Hope you get to have some as well.

I am linking up this post with Countrykids at Coombemill .  Please stop by there to see how other families have been enjoying the outdoors.





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8 Responses to Harvest from the Hedgerows: A Tale of Blackberry Picking

  1. Coombe Mill - Fiona September 23, 2013 at 9:56 pm #

    It looks like you had a successful forage! It’s always so rewarding to be able to forage for free and make something delicious from your efforts. It’s one of those lovely childhood memories that we all enjoy passing onto our children. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

    • Lynda September 24, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

      I’m really hoping that my son will be doing simialr with his offspring and telling them that he used to do it with grandma. Hoping that the balckberries will be around for the next couple of weeks.

  2. Elaine Livingstone September 24, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    todays plan is to go blackberry picking. I have googled elderberries because I was not sure which ones they were, I have always thought these were what I call Ribena berries (blackcurrrants) , learn something new every day as they say. Dont tend to see sloe berries up here anywhere.

    you will need to share your kitchen creations with us.

    • Lynda September 24, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

      Hope you had as much fun as we did. I am contemplating harvesting some elderberries to make cordial. The cooking so far has consisted of just stewing and eating – simple pleasures.

  3. TheBoyandMe October 11, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    We went blackberry picking and I put them in the freezer until I can work out what to do with them; none of us like them as they are! I think I’ll need to be quite creative in my approach! Great photos exploring the wonders of nature, lovely dandelion clock picture.

    Popping over from The Outdoor Play Party.

  4. Leila - Mud Mud Marvellous Mud October 23, 2013 at 8:03 pm #

    Yummy! We love blackberry and apple crumble. Enjoy the feast :-)

  5. Jen October 24, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    Wow! I don’t think I’ve ever seen wild blackberries here in southern Ontario, Canada. I’m sure they grow wild here…I’ve just never seen them. How beautiful. Thank you for linking to the outdoor play party.

    • Lynda October 30, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

      Jen sorry to take so long to reply to you. It never occurred to me that we are unusual in having lots of backckberries in the hedgerows. Do you think it is because you do not have as many wild hedgerows in your part of Canada?