Thursday, September 24, 2009

Raspberries Abound!

A few years ago I bought a raspberry plant from a local nursery. If you have never seen one before it looks like a few sticks stuck in a pot of dirt. I really didn't have much faith anything would come of it but the owner of the nursery promised me it would bear fruit that year and every year after.

We brought this strange little stick in a pot of dirt home and planted it in the corner of our vegetable garden. We got a few berries from it at the end of summer and considered our first foray into personal berry farming a great success!

Something we didn't know about raspberries is how adamant they are about spreading. Once they have a root in the ground that root spouts lots of shoots and each shoot grows into another raspberry bush. What started as a sad little stick has taken over!


I took this photo from my kitchen window - that huge bush at the back - raspberries!

This is just today's harvest - one lonely blackberry made it in there since we have blackberry bushes too!


Once we pick the berries they are frozen in a container and then bagged for the big freezer in the basement. This little tip comes from Ina Garten - if you freeze your berries in a single layer before bagging them they wont stick together in a big clump!

Sometime this fall/winter I will create something scrumptious with these berries - a pie maybe, or a fool. I was given an ice cream maker so I might just give it a whirl and make some raspberry ice cream!

Have a fabulous day!

19 comments:

Veuve and Varsity said...

Yummy raspberries!

Savvy Gal said...

oh yummy. i love to eat berries. now i want to run out and buy me a plant. : )

Katiesperk said...

Wowser! That is a giant raspberry plant! I should look into this. I love fresh berries!

annie said...

Those raspberries look scrumptious! (O:

Mini said...

Yum! I love raspberries....yet another reason why I have to come and visit you soon!

Sonja said...

yum! they look good!! We have a blueberry farm up in Kentucky & we got 6 bagfulls this season!!

Beth Dunn said...

I love raspberries! Have a fab weekend xoxo

Children of the 90s said...

Wow, those look great! That's so cool that you have your own little raspberry harvest.

Confessions Of A Domestic Goddess said...

Your berries look tasty and beautiful!!! I love fruit ice cream and you have me wanting to run to baskin robbins ( and it's 830am!!).

Have a great weekend!

Black Labs and Lilly said...

How cool!!!! I would love to be able to grow my own berries, I just adore raspberries in any way/shape/or form!

preppyplayer said...

Inspirational! if you can grow those up north, I should be able to in NJ, right?
thanks for the tip regarding candles, i'm going to try the partylights!

Leslie @ A Blonde Ambition said...

Oohhh those look good! Yummy!

Tatiana said...

I love raspberries! We had lots of them when I grew up, and I just could never get enough of them!!! I am very jealous...

Red Lipstick Style said...

Oh yum! I just paid $4.99 for a little package of them! I think I will purchase a plant (for less money, hahah!)

EntertainingMom said...

How FUN! I'm thinking something like raspberry shortcake with whipped cream or even really good vanilla ice cream!

Jo said...

I love raspberries ~ we use to pick them right from my grandmothers bush and eat them by the handful. I think we *need* to plant one in our yard since I don't care to pay the high prices at the market.

Jo

Suburban Princess said...

Thanks for all the comments everyone!

Yes it is VERY nice to have so many pounds of raspberries stocking the freezer - I couldnt imagine how much it would cost to buy them at the grocery store or market - considering I paid $5.00 for the plant I think it has certainly paid for itself! I predict I will have about $200.00 worth of raspberries by the time they are all ripe and picked (based on grocery store prices.).

Jill said...

YUM... I would love to have a ton of raspberries! Maybe I should get a raspberry plant.

Gwen said...

I love raspberries!!! My favorite fruit salad is just a mixture of berries. And your garden definitely "kick's ass". XOXO