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Tamarra Berries

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Berries come in an awesome variety. Everyone, of course has their preference. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, boysenberries, blackberries, dewberries, and more. I have recently taken up residence at the Barry Farm in Needville, Texas, and among other things, the Barry Farm grows Blackberries. I have been enlisted to help pick berries, because when the berries come into season all available hands are needed. I am a novice berry picker and was therefore given a crash course in how to pick blackberries that are marketable. The basic principle behind picking blackberries is that they must be black (duh). Any reddish hue will make the blackberry taste sour and a little bitter. So, a keen eye and gentle fingers are needed to pick the perfect blackberry. It sounds way easier than it turns out to be in reality.

There are elements to deal with; heat and humidity mostly. There are thorns on the bushes, leaves that block line of sight, bugs, snakes and did I mention the heat and humidity?…