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First blackberry!

First blackberry of the seasonMark's been gone for a couple of days at one of his ACF board meetings.  Although I love cooking when he's here, when I'm alone I tend to make do with bits and pieces of this and that.  Saturday, I found myself grazing in the garden on fresh carrots, peas, and raspberries.  Then I turned a corner and discovered...the first blackberries!  Delicious!

Despite planting our blackberry bushes nearly three years ago, this is our first fruit.  I had to transplant the bushes to a new location after their first year, which set them back, then a hard freeze wiped out their fruits in the second year.  Finally, in year three, our patience is rewarded.

(Okay, I lied, this is the third fruit.  Fruits one and two went into my belly before I went inside for the camera....)

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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