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Blueberry Cottage

8 Dec


Every kid needs a fort.

Yes, those blanket forts inside your house are absolutely wonderful for a few hours but kids need a real fort.  A place where they can escape and play imaginary games and end up somewhere amazing and magical.DSC_0043 DSC_0045 Throughout the summer Jared and the little ladies built such a place. It took all summer to gather up the free wood and find pockets of time here and there to continue its progress. DSC_0050 DSC_0048 Construction came to a halt when a mommy robin decided that the new fort was a perfect place to begin her little robin family. DSC_0106 Eventually the walls were all up and the girls got to paint.  We agreed upon a color as close to blueberry as we could find and so named the little house, “Blueberry Cottage.” DSC_0456 So there she sits in our frozen tundra, smothered in snow and offering a perfect escape from the cold winter wind. I wonder what fun adventures our family will have in there this winter? unnamed-2 unnamed-3

Berry Picking

4 Aug

The blueberries are out in full force.  They are big and juicy and wonderful.  I love that we live in one of the only places in the world where they grow wild.  How lucky are we?  This is one camping morning where we headed out in search of the gems.

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I think Hudson looks like a baby bear, happily sitting in this berry bush.

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Wild Blueberry Picking

16 Aug


Berry picking up north has been astounding.

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Tom was our fearless guide and picking expert.  He was the one who selflessly invited us into his wonderful world of blueberry picking, cleaning and eating.  Thanks Tom, your secret is safe with us.

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Up here everyone has their secret patch of blueberry woods passed on from generation to generation.  You will see random cars parked on the side of remote roads this time of year, and you know that they are berry picking.  They have walked who knows how long into those woods to get those little goodies and you better not go and bug them.  Things  you don’t inquire about up here:  Where you caught those monster walleye and where people go to pick their blueberries.  You just don’t do it, and if you do, you’re sure not to get a straight answer.

heading out to the special spot

heading out to the special spot

For most people around northern MN this is old news, but for those of us who have never before picked a blueberry- here is the rundown.

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Tom called his style of blueberry collecting “dirty picking.”  Rather than picking single berries, you place the long pan on the ground and then bend the branch over the pan and run your hand along the branch- making the berries fall into the pan.  The advantage of picking berries with this method is it maximizes the number of berries you can pick in a given amount of time, thus minimizing the pain of mosquitos, heat, and crawling along the forest floor.



You can clean the berries by rolling them down a bumpy board.  The berries roll down the board and into a waiting box while the sticks, inch worms, leaves and dirt stays on the board.DSC_6403 DSC_6404

We feel so blessed to live here, to be able to pick these scrumptious berries and to have our freezer stocked until next years picking season.