Day 62 of 365
Tonight, in the mosquitoes, I picked the first bowl of raspberries for this year. They are beautiful and yummy, but while I picked, I thought of some basic rules of raspberry picking. I hope you find my raspberry-picking philosophy interesting, helpful, or entertaining.
- The first rule of raspberry picking is that you have to eat the ones that are really too ripe to go into the bowl or the carton. It’s a rule. You may eat a few tiny bugs in the process, but that’s okay. It’s just extra protein.
- The second rule of raspberry picking is that the ones that are way over ripe and are squishy go to the chickens. I have two chickens, Saint-Saens and Schubert, who love raspberries so much they will wait patiently the whole time I pick for a few tasty berries of their own.
- The third rule is, if you have to pull too hard, the berries are not ready.
- Rule number four is this: Wear long sleeves if you can. Raspberries are delicious and sweet, but raspberry bushes are mean.
- The fifth rule of raspberry picking is to never pick in the evenings because the mosquitoes love raspberry bushes, but once they find you, they love you more.
- And the final rule of raspberry picking is that it’s always important to share with someone special.