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7/14/10 Blueberries at Sawbill

7/14/10 – Thanks to an unusually warm spring, blueberry season has almost already arrived up here, a full two weeks earlier than usual. I’m already thinking of delicious blueberry pie, backcountry jam, and melt-in-your-mouth blueberry cake. Or, you know, you could just eat them.
Luke found an excellent patch nearby that Meg, Jess, and I couldn’t resist checking out for ourselves. Sure enough, row after row of berries are just starting to ripen. In about a week or two, we’ll have more pickings than we’ll be able to carry out. Meg suggests making berry-picking a full-time Sawbill job. We’re keeping our spot secret, but you should be able to find blueberries and raspberries in any sunny clearing.
We weren’t the only berry-pickers out there–a fresh pile of scat proved a local black bear was getting in on the goodies as well. Bears here are easily scared, much preferring berries and other food it doesn’t have to chase, but getting close to one is still a thrill.
This article says that blueberries are full of phytoflavinoids. Yeah, I don’t know what those are either, but if it means more blueberry eating, then I’m all for it.