A berry good day for picking

Blackberry Sunday

Even with the 2nd round of hotter than usual weather beating down upon us, we were one of the courageous few to brave the heat at an organic farm that I recently discovered. The concept of pick-your-own, U-pick, or self-service as it’s called at Cascina Peliza (southwest of Bergamo) has yet to catch on here and I can only hope that the possibility to get fresh fruit from the source will grow to become a favorite pastime like it is in the states. We are spoiled by the availability of excellent produce at the fruttivendolo (greengrocer) and weekly produce markets, so why pick your own?

Thornless Loch Ness and Loch Tay
Blackberries

Because it’s fun, and for people like us who love the idea of organically-grown fruit, it’s like a kid in a candy store. Look at all those berries! Why aren’t there more people?!? We had a blast berry-picking for 2 Sundays in a row. This past Sunday we hit the blackberry bushes big time and brought home nearly 8 pounds. The more you pick, the lower the prices went, and the bushes were of a thornless variety. The Sunday before last, there was a melon sagra at the farm and we got what was left of the blueberries and also some raspberries. I froze a third of the blackberries, baked another third in a tart, and the rest will disappear soon enough because they’re so good in everything from fruit salad to smoothies.

Berry-picking at Cascina Peliza
Blueberries

A berry berry hot day at Cascina Peliza
If you have fruit-picking stories, please share!

Prosciutto and melon
At Cascina Peliza: prosciutto and melon after harvesting berries

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11 thoughts on “A berry good day for picking

  1. Pingback: U-pick (and U-taste!) nectarines in Astino valley | Rubber Slippers In Italy

    1. Rowena Post author

      And I’ve been checking my garden blog list every now and then, wondering where you went! Don’t tell me you’re in Europe right now!

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  2. Nonna T

    Blackberries, yum!! We have u-pick places around here, but since they grow in the wild where we are, we often go to our “secret” spots when the time is right. Yesterday we discovered another spot by chance and were very pleased. Last year we brought one of our friends from Italy for some picking and then we made blackberry pies together afterwards:-)

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    1. Rowena Post author

      How lucky to be able to pick wild ones where you live, and to have your own secret picking spots. I bet your friends had a great time!

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    1. Rowena Post author

      The blackberries that I used to buy at the supermarket don’t even come close to the ones that I used in that tart. Now I’m off to make yogurt cake with blackberries!

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      1. Jacques' Dog Blog

        Where do you find the inspiration for your baking/cooking? It seems like you’re always making something amazing & exotic. I being surrounded by beautiful, fresh, & exotic food would be inspiration enough… 🙂

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      2. Rowena Post author

        I watch a lot of cooking shows! With this wretched heat, that’s about all I can do after rushing the garden chores in the morning. Anthony Bourdain and Jamie Oliver are always stuffing their faces with something good.

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  3. Kat

    I’ve never been to the strawberry farms we have here. My understanding is it is more of an “all you can eat” rather than “all you can carry home”. I like the stash you guys came home with!

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    1. Rowena Post author

      Bring along some fresh yogurt, granola and voila! Breakfast in the strawberry fields! I’ll keep that idea in mind when their strawberries are ready to pick next year.

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