I think there is one event most, if not all farm kids, look forward to every summer. It’s an event so tasty you think of it and watch it ripen and mature for weeks. That’s right, I’m talking about picking wild berries.
While the varieties and colors may vary by region, the sensation is still the same. A sudden pop of sweetness that makes you want more.
Our berry around here is big, plump blackberries. The right amount of sweet with just a hint of tart. My mouth is watering now just describing them. We’ve been so dry this summer our berries aren’t that big but they are still tasty. The weather has also led to very slow, like tortoise speed, ripening.
Sunday night after it finally cooled off it was time to head out. We grabbed our buckets and headed to the patches. Our adventure started close to home as black berry bushes over took my raspberry patch last year. While it was a bummer when it happened, it’s still yummy.
Then it was time to move on. When mowing the pasture our dry cows (very preggo ladies) live in, my husband made the discovery that the entire back fence line was berries. While the majority was ripe, there were still pickings to be had.
Our berry crew patch hopped for over an hour. Maneuvering thru thorns, bugs and nosy cows. All in all we left with a couple pounds of wild tastiness.
Now I need to find something to bake with all of them. The kids have suggested pie, ice cream topping and I found this recipe for black berry pie bars that looks pretty darn tasty!
When you hear the word cow, wisdom and teaching aren’t the first two words that come to mind. Anyone involved in working cattle can tell you otherwise. Cows can teach you many important life lessons.
Cows are creatures of habit. Almost to a fault. Running 5 minutes late to milking? Don’t worry, they’ll be there ready to go.
You aren’t going to make a 1,500 pound animal do anything she doesn’t want to do. Some days you just have to try, try and try again.
So you black and white, brown, red and white, freckled? They don’t care. Everyone’s a herdmate.
Working with cows day in and day out can bring around many emotions in a person. They can have you mastering the art of colorful language one minute then wanting to give them all the scratches you can the next.
You won’t get any where in life if you don’t work hard. There’s nothing easy about dairy farming. But if you keep working eventually there’s light at the end of the tunnel.
A Sense of Humor
Some days it all goes wrong and you just have to laugh.
Some times if you want something you have to keep trying. Example: that one bite of hay…
Have you ever tried to halter break a 5 year old cow? Given a much needed IV to a cranky sick cow? You might think you’re Superman until you tangle with a cow who doesn’t agree with you.
These girls are with is for the long haul. It’s our job to take care of them, tend to their needs and make sure their well being is our primary goal. A big heart can go a long way.
Next time when you think of a cow, don’t think of a small minded animal. These ladies have a lesson or two to teach all of us.