By Derek Stoner, Education Program Assistant
One of my favorite childhood memories is of the outings my family made in pursuit of the fruit of summer: wild berries. These berry-picking missions led to pails full of sweet wineberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
Whether eaten fresh in the field or transformed into a delectable pie, berry picking is a great ritual of summertime.
July is peak time for a variety of berries, both wild and the garden variety. This week I visited my favorite blueberry patch in southern Lancaster County. A planting of highbush blueberries that I’ve visited since my childhood, this hillside is now full of wild berries like wineberries and raspberries.
After all, what person(or bird) can turn down a fresh, ripe berry?
If you’d to be part of the berry picking fun, join the Delaware Nature Society for “Berry Picking Time” next Thursday evening, July 16, from 5-9pm. Visit the special Lancaster County berry hotspot, see some neat birds, and savor the flavors of summer!
Visit www.delawarenaturesociety.org for more information.