Aug 27-05

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2005: August: Aug 27-05
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Photos by Sharyn Tormanen
Picker's pose    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Sharyn Tormanen

Toivo from Toivola (Toivo) on Saturday, August 27, 2005 - 07:48 am:

The top array of containers filled with fresh picked blueberries sure make me hungry. Lucky Sharyn Tormanen, she has a good stockpile of them to store in her freezer, so she can enjoy them long into the cold winter months. Check out the expert help she had from a young lad who seems to have come up with his own practical 'picker's pose'. I like it, with the left leg out like that it must give him good balance when using the long reach to grab just a few more berries before shifting to another spot. I'm really not very good at picking blueberries, as I get more leaves and branches in my pail than I do berries. Could have something to do with munching on 'em while plucking 'em off da bushes.

By Former Fulton Resident (Dashamo) on Saturday, August 27, 2005 - 08:02 am:

Boy these pics sure do bring back memories. Blueberry pickin' with Grandma & Grandpa, then the delicious blueberry pies and muffins Grandma would bake. Mmmmmmm, I can smell them now!!!!

By upmama (Upmama) on Saturday, August 27, 2005 - 08:04 am:

Years ago an elderly lady told me her trick of cleaning berries: she slowly poured her blueberries from one container to another in front of a fan (outside). The fan would blow the leaves and stems away, leaving the clean berries to fall in the bowl. This simple trick works!

By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Saturday, August 27, 2005 - 08:51 am:

Yummy! Wish I had some of those blueberries to put on top of my cereal this morning ;) Reminds me of when I would go to the farm market when my daughter was little...and on the ride home, she would always find a way to grab the berries out of the bags and have herself a berry feast in the back seat of the car, while riding home.

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Saturday, August 27, 2005 - 08:57 am:

I do love blueberries. Yum!

By Keith in Kansas (Keithinks) on Saturday, August 27, 2005 - 09:11 am:

Wow! Nice looking berries Sharyn! This brings back great recollections of the many times I went picking with my Grandma and one of my sisters as I was growing up. One of our best of all time berry hauls came when Bill Kristo took us to this secret location where we came away with numerous coffee cans full of blueberries after a day of picking. The berries were almost the size of small grapes! I can't begin to tell you how much blueberry pie I consumed the following couple of weeks, but it was outstanding! I still jump at the opportunity to pick them when I find them. We weren't quite as prepared as Sharyn this summer and had to rely on transfers to a communal plastic grocery bag.

bagged berries

Justin Johnson (Tinksno) on Saturday, August 27, 2005 - 09:24 am:

MMMMM, those blueberries were sure good this morning in my cereal.

By kosk in Toronto (Koskintoronto) on Saturday, August 27, 2005 - 11:22 am:

Though the berries were smaller than last
year this summer, my 83 year old father
managed to pick and give away 188 quarts.
I froze many of mine, a cousin made jam, and
my daughter and I made lots of muffins, a few
blueberry pies and other baked goods.

My dad remembers his family going out to the
Baraga Plains to pick and later can
blueberries every summer when he was a

By Alex J. Tiensivu (Ajtiensivu) on Saturday, August 27, 2005 - 01:44 pm:

Ooooooo! They look so good! I can practically taste them through my screen!!!!

By Danbury (Danbury) on Saturday, August 27, 2005 - 03:13 pm:

Just three words: Quark, cream and sugar.
Yummmmmmmmmm ...

By lz (Llamamama) on Saturday, August 27, 2005 - 03:29 pm:

I remember the days of picking with my Dad! I am thankful our 50 acres are high bush and that shakers do the job!
UPmama, your suggestion is a good one for cleaning the berries. You can also float the debrie in water, but the fan technique will allow the berries to last longer.

By Erica - Florida Keys (Erica) on Saturday, August 27, 2005 - 04:55 pm:

Now those blueberries really look good enough to eat! When we are in the UP we love to pick them..I like one for the pail and two for me...but it makes filling the pail a little slow.

By Beverly, San Jose (Beverly) on Saturday, August 27, 2005 - 05:44 pm:

I like Blueberry Cheesecake, but I have to buy the Blueberries. I don't think the Blueberries taste as good from the market.

By Shelley Trowbridge (Shelleyt36) on Saturday, August 27, 2005 - 06:48 pm:

The berries look delicious. On my trip to Copper Harbor this summer, we came across quite a few blueberries(our were much smaller than the ones in the picture), huckleberries and thimbleberries. I could kick myself for not being prepared with something to keep them in, so the kids and I had to settle for just eating along the way on our hike. Next time though, I am bringing the tupperware with me!!

By Sharyn in Howell, MI (Sharyn) on Saturday, August 27, 2005 - 08:51 pm:

How fun to see my photo today! I headed up there this summer especially for pickin. Those berries came a little bit from everywhere, but the bulk of them came from Rice Lake just days before the big fire.

It was backbreaking work...but oh so worth it. We have a blueberry crumble about to go into the oven to be enjoyed after tomorrows Sunday dinner. mmmmm. It just doesn't get much better!

By Julie from Novi (Geeper) on Saturday, August 27, 2005 - 10:16 pm:

I found an empty Margarita bucket works great for picking blueberries. Berries were so good this year at the cabin - we will be eating pie, muffins and pancakes all winter from the stash in the freezer.

By WishingIWasInDaUP (Sur5er) on Saturday, August 27, 2005 - 10:27 pm:

Geeper...Hey now, give me back my Margarita bucket. ;)

By Al Harjala (Alsocal) on Sunday, August 28, 2005 - 02:11 am:

Picked a couple qts. of blueberries & blackberries in the yard here in Or. for canning. Next the huckleberries are ready.

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