Afternoon Picnic in the Berry Patch
Yesterday afternoon we three took a long lunch and went to a local farm for you-pick raspberries. We also packed a lovely picnic. Little did we know that it was going to be so sweltering hot. It was 97 degrees out by the time we left.
This gorgeous red barn was one of the first things to greet us at the farm. It’s almost completely open on the other side!
If you have never had a golden raspberry, you are seriously missing out. Unlike red raspberries, which have a very assertive, almost tart flavor, golden raspberries are sweeter and more mellow. In the sweltering heat, they tasted like warm sunshine.
By this point we were pretty sweaty and feeling a little lightheaded, so we took a break to eat. We found a little pear tree that was throwing a lot of shade, and started to get out our picnic gear.
That picnic basket was $7 at a thrift store. And tiffins are awesome – they are stacking stainless steel bowls that all clamp together. From India, where they are used to deliver lunch to working people. They are also reminiscent of vintage pie carriers.
Lunch was a collaboration: sliced rustic bread, cheese, French potato salad, and carrot sticks from Sarah, three kinds of salami and Perrier from Tereneh, and a delicious fruit salad (which included home canned pears!) from Ashley.
Real dishes (even aluminum plates) and flour sack dishcloths make picnicking so much nicer than paper and plastic products. And better for the environment, too.
We were pretty darn full after this. Everything was so good! We did a little more berry picking after this, mainly to top off not-quite-full pints (Ashley and I each got two, Tereneh got one). So here are a few more shots of the farm itself.
We were thankful to leave by the time we were done, though some of us could have picked berries forever! Believe it or not, berry picking is kind of addictive. All in all, it made for a fantastic way to spend an afternoon, however hot it was out. If only every lunch break could be like this!
Readers – have any of you ever gone berry picking? Tell us your story! Send us some great raspberry recipes, and we’ll include them in the torrent of deliciousness that will ensue over the next few days. Keep your eyes peeled!