My friend Kate and I drove out to Monroe on Friday to do some raspberry picking at Bolles Organic Farm, and boy I gotta say, it sure is nice to get out of the city from time to time. On our way in we passed by a gorgeous rolling river that we had to stop and check out. It was a little chilly for a swim or else we would have jumped right in!
Upon our arrival at the farm, we were met with gorgeous tree lined hills, rolling green plains, herds of cows, and fields of corn, kale, and of course, raspberries. The raspberry fields at Bolles Organic Farm ran for just about four long rows, but were full or gorgeous berries ripe for the picking! Kate, being more of a seasoned pro at this kind of thing, came well prepared with rubber boots and a nice straw hat, where I showed up with a gingham skirt and ballet flats. Since we've had a dry couple of weeks I ended up faring just fine, save for a few scratches up and down my legs.
Once we got out in the fields, our gathering instincts took over and we just picked and picked and picked! While we were picking we came across some pretty, striped snails and some little birds hiding out in the bushes, and of course lots of gorgeous berries. At a certain point we started to realize that we both had more raspberries than we knew what to do with and decided to call it a day. We both took home about five pounds of berries!
On the drive home we discussed recipe ideas, savored the aroma of a car full of raspberries, and got to feeling really sleepy from our hard day's work. Once I got home, I put my flat of raspberries in the fridge and pretty much fell asleep on the couch right after dinner.
Pro-tip! If you aren't planning on using all of your raspberries immediately, combine 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water, swirl the raspberries around, then drain them and dry them off. The vinegar will kill off any mold spores on the berries, which will help them stay in great condition for a few days longer. This gives you ample time to come up with some great recipes.
I'll be sharing some great recipes using raspberries over the course of the next few weeks so stay tuned!
Til next time!