Summer Blackberries on the Eastern Shore

July, August, and September mean heat, humidity, and bugs. But, the heat also brings with it some of our favorite treats: summer blackberries and fruits! Berries grow wild just about everywhere on Kent Island, and in most corners of the east coast, for that matter. On the farm, we find blueberries and blackberries in the hedgerows and edges of the fields. When the berries ripen, birds and insects go crazy.

I recently took a trip back home to Pennsylvania, to visit my family for a weekend. My parent’s property features a small orchard and a brushline that borders a broad swath of woods. In this transitional area, there brambles grow wild, tangling themselves among wild grapes and goldenrod. These thorny vines get heavy with fruit in the summer, especially when the weather is just right (and this year, thanks to the heavy rains in May and heat, the crop is especially large).

When the plants come into bloom in late spring and early summer, the bees go crazy. Blackberries and raspberries create masses of little white blooms that fill the air with a dusky sweetness. It’s really one of my favorite parts of summer. Combined with the honeysuckle and wildflowers that grow along the forest, it’s a really magical experience.

What’s your favorite part of summer? Share your photos with us on Instagram using the hashtag #waxingkara so we can see! We always love to see your photos.

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