This was the first time Leah and Olivia picked raspberries. They were glad Mama remembered to bring some gloves and small buckets. I like to wear my rose pruning glove on my left hand so that I am able to push back some of the raspberry canes to reach deep into those branches. A decent stick will do the trick too but I prefer a gloved hand. Having a gloved hand will increase your picking time. Leah was amazed at how much faster she could pick when I showed her my tip. We could have picked for hours. The sun was out a gentle breeze and low 80s made it a perfect day for picking. Once we had a full flat of berries we called it a day. New this year is going to be our raspberry jam. Leah was murmuring about tarts as she collected berries. Olivia just wanted to eat as many as she could. While Adelynn is far too young to pick or even understand how crazy her mother and big sisters are she too had fun. Her wagon was full of toys and books. Although those were great for entertainment she was much more excited to play with leaves and dandelions.
These berries and peaches indicate the end of summer fruit. Soon we will return for apples. Oh how I can't wait for those apples. Olivia and Leah have been craving more applesauce and pie. I can't help but think about what a treat apple crisp is for breakfast. Mmmm apples. One thing at a time, one season at a time. While we dream about those apples and what they may become I will be pondering raspberries. Jam, jam, jam, love the jam.