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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008
Berries & Cherries
The berry season is in full swing right now and as well as being a good one is also a bit later than in previous years, probably because of the cool wet start to summer we've been having.

Yesterday, we visited Blue Hills in Silvan and easily picked 3kg raspberries at $12kg. Yes that's right $12kg, not $5 a 150g punnet. The blackberries and youngberries were also outstanding. We picked up a couple of kilos of ungraded cherries at $7kg, delicious too.

The Chapman farm, just before Blue Hills was advertising hard to get sour cherries as well. There are still some strawberries about, but the season is almost over.

The drive through the heart of the Dandenongs is very pleasant and I defy you to not stop along the way and visit some of the speciality shops or teahouses.

It pays to ring ahead to get the info on what's available to pick, Blue Hills (03) 737 9400 or info@upickberries.com.au.
  posted at 11:22 am

At 12:10 pm, Blogger stickyfingers said...

Oh my that does sound tempting. Planning on making some Polish delights with those sour cherries? We saw some at the Gasworks Farmers Market.

At 2:20 pm, Blogger Kalyn Denny said...

Hi Neil,
Will you send me an e-mail
kalynskitchen AT comcast DOT net

At 8:02 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can feel a road trip coming on. The Ankle Biters would love to come berry picking.

At 11:49 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Berry season -- and here we are, with snow on the ground! Happy new year, Neil.

At 7:41 am, Blogger MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Christmas and then picking berries! Got to love that.
Wish I could come along.

At 10:10 pm, Blogger plum said...

I thought of you Neil as I bought a cherry pitter in December!

At 5:57 pm, Blogger Squishy said...

Sounds wonderful. No berries to pick in NQ.

At 10:59 am, Blogger neil said...

Hi sticky, oh yes, D has made the jam and preserves and the remainder are mascerating in pure spirit.

Hi kalyn, no worries, happy new year!

Hi dani, they'd love it. Make sure you teach them to eat and pick at the same time!

Hi lydia, happy new year to you! We've just picked our first tomatoes too, just awesome.

Hi tanna, I'm sure one day we'll get to do something together. Perhaps in Slovakia!

Hi plum, great to hear from you, what are you making?

Hi squishy, you'll just have to make do with super fresh mudcrabs, prawns and what not!

At 3:01 pm, Blogger Intrepid in the Kitchen- JdG: said...

You've inspired me to get off my rump and go berry-ing Neil!! Its been on the cards of ages, but my little troupe keeps putting it off- sounds like its now or i'll miss out though!


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