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All Around the Mullberry Bush

by Kayla K on July 7, 2011

I have been enjoying a little mullberry break during my morning runs on Dubuque County’s Heritage Trail.

I am sure that picking fruit from a state park is frowned upon, if not illegal, so I decided to search the woods near my home for berries.

I was so pleased with what I found!

In addition to several mullberry bushes, I found many blackberry vines.  I picked and picked, enjoying the little “plunk” in the bottom of my bucket.  My bucket soon quit “plunking” because I covered the bottom.

I learned about mulberries from working at Living History Farms.  They grew along the trail from where I parked my car to the 1850 Pioneer Farm where I worked.

In the next few days I will be teaching myself how to make jam.

I am a sweaty, bloody mess and I couldn’t be happier!

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1 Jo's Country Junction July 7, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Can’t wait to try it.

2 Granny Franny July 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm

It looks like your legs are all scratched up! Do the bushes have thorns?
Jam sounds yummy.

3 Kayla K July 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm

MANY thorns! I am a bloody mess. Because I wanted to wear shorts for one day I am stuck in jeans for a week. :)

Mulberry bushes are more like trees. It was trudging through the woods for blackberries that got me.

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