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Old 04-29-2019, 09:01 AM   #1
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Default Dewberries; Is the juice worth the squeeze this year?

I went out Friday looking for pigs and dewberries, didnít find any pigs and really had to search and dig to find enough dewberries. They were in there, but I think those two late freezes we got knocked them back a bit. All I wanted was two Gatorade bottles full, to make a batch of dewberry mead, but it took nearly four hours to achieve that. Anybody else have better luck this year?
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:07 AM   #2
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My secret patch is coming along nicely. Not quite to peak ripeness yet.
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:18 AM   #3
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My secret patch is coming along nicely. Not quite to peak ripeness yet.
Waiting on my pie. You should come run the golf course with me when they are ready. Loads of them and we can quench our thirst at the same time.
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:25 AM   #4
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I’ve got a spot covered up as thick as I have ever seen. Probably two weeks away from being ripe though
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:56 AM   #5
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I have a fence row and a spot near my back pond that has quite a few, but yes, the late frosts, probably cut yield in half. My thornless blackberries got hit really hard, but they've put on a new set of blooms and I have probably 5 gallons of green to slightly red berries coming along nicely on 2 rows about 60 feet long... I picked a bow full of a few black ones last night and poured a little cream over 'em and had myseff a little treat... Hope to make more jelly this year...
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Old 04-29-2019, 10:06 AM   #6
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I picked a gallon bucket a week ago and this was yesterdays. They are drying up already and will be gone in another week.

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Old 04-29-2019, 10:22 AM   #7
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The best jelly you will ever have in your life!!!
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Old 04-29-2019, 10:25 AM   #8
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I see cobbler there. Wish we had them here.
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Old 04-29-2019, 10:27 AM   #9
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I picked a gallon bucket a week ago and this was yesterdays. They are drying up already and will be gone in another week.



I'm surprised your pigs aren't mowing them down

Dewberry moonshine?..
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Old 04-29-2019, 10:53 AM   #10
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Meh... Radar, check out these babies!!
This is a comparison of wild dewberries with my tame blackberries ...and NO STICKERS!! Yea, I'm a wuss!!

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Old 04-29-2019, 11:03 AM   #11
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I'm surprised your pigs aren't mowing them down

Dewberry moonshine?..
The pigs, turkeys and deer have been eating them. The wooly worms too. They seem to be drying up.
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Old 04-29-2019, 11:04 AM   #12
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Meh... Radar, check out these babies!!
This is a comparison of wild dewberries with my tame blackberries ...and NO STICKERS!! Yea, I'm a wuss!!

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Dang boy, them are bigguns. They got good taste?
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Old 04-29-2019, 12:34 PM   #13
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We have a bunch but they arenít really ready yet
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Old 04-29-2019, 12:42 PM   #14
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Dang boy, them are bigguns. They got good taste?
Yessir, to me they're on par with the dewberries! They are Prime Ark Freedom Thornless Primocane Fruiting Blackberries... ordered from Stark Brothers...
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Old 04-29-2019, 02:22 PM   #15
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Wife made some jelly out of dewberries last week.. its. Not as good as the mayhaw or huckleberry jelly she makes but it's a lot better than eating them raw.. it didnt take as many as I thought it would . The juice goes along way.
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Old 04-29-2019, 02:31 PM   #16
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I've always heard the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice.
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Old 04-29-2019, 02:34 PM   #17
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Meh... Radar, check out these babies!!
This is a comparison of wild dewberries with my tame blackberries ...and NO STICKERS!! Yea, I'm a wuss!!

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Man those look great Charlie.

I'm going to the lease this weekend and hoping to find a few.
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Old 04-29-2019, 02:43 PM   #18
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Take a jar of blackberry jelly and mix in 1/2 shot of Jack Daniels

My secret patch is yielding too.
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Old 04-29-2019, 03:47 PM   #19
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went out this weekend thinking it was picking time put was disappointed. Think I missed it by a week or two
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Old 04-29-2019, 03:49 PM   #20
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Checked my local patches where I picked 12 quarts last year and they are prime. Also talked to a friend who said his son ambushed the pigs in their patch this weekend--
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Old 04-29-2019, 04:00 PM   #21
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They are thicker than fleas along my driveway. I pick a Yeti 30 tumbler full a day. Have about 3 gallons frozen and another 1/2 gallon in the fridge. My boys love them some dewberry pie.
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Old 04-29-2019, 04:06 PM   #22
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Far as dewberries, places where my bride and I picked upwards of 10 gallons last year, we'll be lucky to pick 2-3 gallons... frost got us pretty bad out on the Prairie... the tame blackberries just keep blooming so they will produce and being primocane, the new growth will produce in the Fall... We had berries all the way up into October last year... First year we planted them, we picked enough fresh blackberries to make a cobbler as dessert for our Thanksgiving dinner...
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Old 04-29-2019, 04:29 PM   #23
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Ours arenít even swollen up yet.
Iím guessing another 2 weeks until they are ready. Havenít really checked past the small little early patch I use as an indicator of when theyíre ready.

My sister also has a decent patch of natives in her yard that need another 2 weeks.


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Old 04-29-2019, 09:24 PM   #24
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So far this year, I started finding them two weeks ago. It took me three days of picking to fill the first container, which turned out to be four cups. My wife made a dewberry cobbler with those. Since then, I have gone out picking dewberries every two to three days. I have filled a container every time. We have gotten about 16 cups of dewberries at this time. I think we will get another two, maybe three containers of dewberries, before they are done, we still have a lot of small green berries at this point, even still have flowers on some plants. I have not even looked on the back of the property for dewberries yet, probably look some this weekend when I am out killing more stinging nettle.
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Old 04-29-2019, 09:46 PM   #25
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Mine had just started moving past the blooms a week ago. I need to get out and check on them.
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Old 04-29-2019, 10:10 PM   #26
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Wife made some jelly out of dewberries last week.. its. Not as good as the mayhaw or huckleberry jelly she makes but it's a lot better than eating them raw.. it didnt take as many as I thought it would . The juice goes along way.
How are y'all getting Huckleberries?
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Old 04-29-2019, 11:10 PM   #27
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I picked 3-4 gallons a last year and got tires of picking. This year I have very few. None ready yet. But I didn’t see 1/100th the blooms this year. Im sure late freezes hurt them some in my area
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Old 04-30-2019, 05:42 AM   #28
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Saturday morning



Managed to get 2 of these...


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Old 04-30-2019, 06:06 AM   #29
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Dang Texas 8 that pie looks great. I went back yesterday to my back pastor nothing but little dried up berries.

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Old 05-14-2019, 12:53 PM   #30
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Default Dewberries; Is the juice worth the squeeze this year?

I went out and checked our normal blackberry and Chickasaw plum patches this morning. The Chickasaw plums (and Mexican plums for that matter) must have been hit hard by that late freeze this spring, because thereís hardly a plum on them. The blackberries are bearing well, but the 29 inches of rain we have already had this year has the grass and wildflowers over waist tall, so it is dang near impossible to get to them. I spent about 10 minutes and picked a few cups worth before I decided to wait on a day I had blujeans, bug spray, and gloves.


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