Yesterday morning, I packed Charlie on my back and picked the first blackberries of the season. There is an enormous tangle of blackberries on a hillside to the west of my Mama's house and they're just now ripe! After I plucked a basket full and brought them into the kitchen for washing, I realized that I would have paid about 10 bucks for this many berries at my local Whole Foods in Dallas. Amazing. And all I had to do was brave the thorns and pick my fill. Do you live in a place where berries are yours free for the picking?