It's easy to see that it is time to pick the black raspberries. We always eat a few of these on cereal, and it's so hard to pick berries without tasting them. But, most of the black caps we pick go into white vinegar to make the raspberry vinegar for our favorite raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing. Using the fruit in this manner solves the seed problem. There are only a few more berries left , as you can see from the two pink berries that are not yet ripe. The time for picking these is short.
Today was the first day for picking the high bush blueberries. Freezing these is our mid July tradition. We like to have them for breakfast everyday all year. Last year was a complete crop failure. The bushes dropped all their fruit in response to no rain. This year the berries are superb. Ed will pick as many as he possibly can, and we will freeze them on trays, then store in plastic bags in the freezer for future use. He will never come close to picking them all but the birds and critters will enjoy the rest. Don't step in the blue scat!