01 September 2008

Outdoor Labor

What else would we be doing today? Laundry, dishes, vacuuming, groceries, goats.

Yes, I said goats - although they were the reward, not really the labor part. For the kids that is. Today we headed to Tougas Farm for some raspberry picking. This is a place we were introduced to last fall during a school vacation day at JCC and went apple picking there. For some unknown reason, I decided to volunteer as a chaperone, and ended up with six youngsters, including my own, who all wanted to go in six different directions to pick apples. All in all it was a lot of fun. I haven't been back for berry picking til now because every time I wanted to go, the fields I wanted to pick were closed. But, today they were open for raspberry picking, and I bribed - I mean rewarded - the niblets with visiting the animals and playground for their assistance.

And we were successful with over seven pounds of raspberries now sitting in colanders in my sink. It's really time to decide what kind of jams I want to try canning with all the berries I have gotten. I have marked two or three recipes in The Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving and with a couple more ingredients I should be good to go.

Until then, let me share today's fun:

Not a bad way to spend a gorgeous day. Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Ah, looks glorious! The kids look so happy I guess we don't have to turn you in for violating child labor laws... :) Seriously, what could be better than berry-picking and goats?