The days of summer are long, hot and humid. This summer has been a particularly wet and rainy one. Granted, this might not make for the most pleasant condition for enjoying outdoor activities, it certainly does one thing, it makes things grow.
It is a weekly, if not more often than that, chore to mow the grass as it is loving the weather and growing like gangbusters. I won’t even begin to talk about weeding the garden and the flower boxes.
Yes, I admit that between the weeds and the deer, I have all but given up on my garden this year. Luckily, that doesn’t mean I am out of luck for home grown fruits and vegetables. If one knows where to look, there is a bounty of delectable treats to be had.
This time of year you won’t have to venture too far to find a veritable smorgasbord of nature’s own fresh fruits. The hillsides and backwoods road edges are ripe for the picking with some of Mother Nature’s tastiest treats.
Whether your favorites are the tangy blackberries, sweet ripe raspberries, delectable mountain blueberries, or just some good ole home grown apples, they can easily be found just hanging around.
With the weather we have had this summer, the wild fruits have been produced in what dare I say is a bumper crop. They are nearly everywhere, and they taste amazing.
It doesn’t matter if your favorite is baked in a cobbler, or mashed into jam, the berries this summer are delicious either way. If pies are more your speed, grab some blueberries or fresh apples and bake away.
There is nothing better on a hot summer evening than a slice of warm fresh baked apple pie. Well that is unless you dollop a big scoop of ice cream on top of that warm pie.
Just keep in mind that we aren’t the only ones that love the fresh fruits. There is all manner of wildlife out there enjoying the fruits of the year, too. Everything from birds to black bears enjoy a tasty summer snack.
Be careful when you are out wading into the berry patches and the apple orchards, you never know what you will run into. Be sure to look high and low. Box turtles love a tasty berry when they fall from the bush and will often be found hanging around waiting for an easy meal.
Turtles aren’t the only crawler to look out for, snakes can often be found around a good ripe berry patch waiting for an unsuspecting bird or mouse looking for an easy meal to become a meal themselves.
The slippery slimy critters aren’t the only ones that take advantage of summer’s bounty. A bear will pretty much camp out in a berry patch when he finds the berries are ripe and delicious. Luckily, everybody likes to share the berries so if you make a little noise heading into the pickin’ patch, the wilder visitors will usually let you have your turn.
Just try not to be greedy and always leave a few for the next visitor. Sometimes that is easier to say than do because they are just so tasty. Luckily, Mother Nature has planned for that too and makes sure that everything isn’t perfectly ripe at the same time.
So if your garden didn’t turn out so well this yard like mine did, rest easy, just spend a little time outdoors gathering the fresh fruits nature happily provides to help hold us through the winter.