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Pick Your Own Berries, Make Your Own Cobbler

My family had an adventure picking our own berries at a local farm, but the best part was enjoying the cobbler I made from them.

Raspberries

Photo: Heather Tallman

This trip really turned my oldest son onto raspberries. Much to my delight, he was full of questions and suggestions about what we would do with them.

From The Mouths Of Babes

Every once in a while when I am at the grocery store with my youngest, he likes to entertain me with his ability to ask 150 questions without taking a breath. I am sure you have been there.

Sometimes his queries are valid. Like where are bananas grown? Why are tomatoes so expensive in the winter? I wonder these things myself. But last week he asked me why I was buying berries at the store when it was berry season and we could pick our own. Sometimes his insights shock me – he had made a good point.

Local Adventure

So, that day I hopped online and found out that 25 minutes from my house there was a berry farm that was open for business. I planned our little road trip south for the next day.

Armed with our little berry buckets, bottled water and a camera we headed south to Morgantown. When we pulled up to Zink’s Berry Farm, we were greeted by beautiful rolling fields. We were immediately given a tour of the berry fields by the owner, Jill Zink. I was amazed at the organization of the bountiful bushes.

We could have picked all day. Her raspberry bushes were full of red, ripe berries. We had employed the ‘eat one…save one’ method. We had to know how they tasted, right? All told we came home with 3 gallons of fresh, hand-picked berries.

Finally after about 2 hours of picking I had to peel the boys out of there. This trip really turned my oldest son onto raspberries. Much to my delight, he was full of questions and suggestions about what we would do with them.

Fun Of Togetherness

All told our little outing was not only economical but also memorable. I heard them whispering just last night about those ripe, juicy berries so I am planning on heading back down there this weekend to see if the blackberries or red currants are ready. I feel like the greater lesson here was that we can find what we need and want to buy close to home grown on a farm we know and trust.

The best part was coming home and making this tasty cobbler. I must admit, it didn’t last long. While we did have a great time picking these berries together, we had an even better time eating the fruits of our labor together.

Berry Cobbler With Whipped Cream

Photo: Heather Tallman

The best part was coming home and making this tasty cobbler. I must admit, it didn't last long.

Fresh Berry Cobbler

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups fresh blackberries and raspberries. (I used half and half.)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons Turbinado sugar (optional)

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In medium bowl, stir together berries and sugar. Let stand about 20 minutes so it macerates a little.
  3. In large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, salt and milk. Stir in melted butter until blended.
  4. Spread batter in a lightly buttered 8-inch square pan. Spoon berry mixture over batter. I like to add a sprinkling of Turbinado sugar to the top of my cobbler before I bake it, but this is optional.
  5. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until dough rises through the berries and is golden. Serve warm with cream.

Heather Tallman

Heather Tallman is a Bloomington native, freelance writer and mother to 2 busy boys. She is also a food writer for her local newspaper as well as the creator of Basilmomma, a cooking blog. She writes about her culinary hits and misses and all of the life that goes along with it. Her goal is to create fast, fresh and family-friendly meals that teach her children and others that creating meals from farm to table is not only attainable but easier than you think.

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