It’s been a little slow so far and I have only picked about 1 gallon ziplock bag full. Today I got a good load and got some HUGE ones!!
10 of them fill my hand!
I throw any mushy, dried out, or nasty looking ones at the base of the bush and the ducks like to eat them up. This Marion BlackBerry Bush tries to produce way more blackberries than it can handle, especially since they are so giant. The sure size and quantity is overwhelming.
I have literally cut hundreds if not thousands of blackberries off this bush in order to help sweeten these berries up quicker. Typically for them to be sweet, they have to be mush and just fall off the plant. This year I have been using my duck pond water to “fertilize” then once a week. I think this is helping big time.
Once they are picked, I just rinse them off, let them dry and place them on a cookie and into the freezer they go. Freezing them spread out keeps them from sticking together, also makes it easy to vacuum seal.
My plan is to figure out about how much goes into a smoothie and vacuum seal that amount in individual bags. I also think we are going to give Blackberry syrup a try. It probably won’t compete with @thebigsweed & @farm-mom ‘s Maple syrup but we will give it a try.