It has been a really good year for raspberries, blackberries and wild cherries. The bushes and trees are laden with the largest fruit I’ve ever seen on them. I think that it is just the right combination of sun and rain.
The best berries are on the lips of the terraces we have created over the decades. I think that what happens is those terraces are becoming enriched with nutrients from the animals grazing, water being caught and soaking in rather than running off down the mountain and the manure and urine the animals naturally deposit.
The sweetest berries are just down hill of the pig wallows and compost piles… That sounds catchy. It’s true.
Outdoors: 65°F/49°F Partially Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/62°F
Daily Spark: Economics does interesting things. Grain isn’t evil, just expensive. Because of the high cost of grain it made me consider how I could provide my pigs with alternative foods. Meanwhile my sheep taught my pigs to graze. In turn I selected for pig genetics that were able to thrive on pasture. That led us to where we are today. Capitalism is good, it drives us to conserve scarce resources. One could even argue that the occasional economic depression, or at least recession, is good for the economy and people as a whole. It makes us tighten our belts and figure out how to do things more efficiently.