|Early summer blackberry blossoms|
|Mid-summer berries- looks like a bumper crop!|
Well, today was the day I was going to do my first harvest. However, it seems that somebody else has also been keeping an eye on them because I found that they had been completely picked over and, more sadly, trampled in many areas.
|Trampled brambles = blackberry bust|
Similar things have happened to me several times this year... the critters beat me to the gooseberries I happened across on a hike and it seems that they also worked over the elderberry bush I have been eying for a month. These events have made me more thankful for all of the serendipitous wild edibles I've enjoyed this year. I think that next year I'll rely more on chance and do less wild edible "stalking."