I bought a quart of beautiful, plump homegrown blackberries from a young Amish girl who was selling some items from her buggy at the corner of Ohio 41 and Sinking Spring Road last week in Pike County, Ohio last week. The Swartzentruber Amish do almost anything they can to stay self-sufficient and employed at home, so it's not uncommon to see them selling produce, baskets, and other hand-made items from their buggies on busy intersections. In addition to blackberries, she also was selling some jam and heads of lettuce. Take a look at these blackberry beauties! I asked her how her family uses blackberries and she said most often they'll just spoon some over homemade cereal or on top of vanilla ice cream. Both of those sound like yummy uses. I made a joke with her about how I prefer these types of blackberries over the one that is more often in my life: my Blackberry phone. I got a silent stare from her that seemed to say: "Ha, ha, that's the first time I've heard that joke - today." She said the drought has hit south-central Ohio rather hard, but that their blackberries had still done very well this year. They were plump and juicy, that is for sure.
What to do with blackberries besides cereal or ice cream? Blackberry pies, blackberry jam, and cake are also popular. My wife decided to take the blackberries and make a delicious crisp. I give a thumbs-up to the recipe she used, take a look at this crisp Rachel made straight out of the oven and another picture with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum! Here is the recipe, which Rachel used from the Farmgirl Fare blog. It's a neat blog which most of you would probably enjoy checking out here (the link has a bit more info about the crisp)
FARMGIRL FARE'S BLACKBERRY CRISP