This is some of the best of simple living.
We have gone blueberry picking twice and got 28 liters (over 7 gallons) of wild arctic blueberries. If you have eaten wild arctic blueberries, you know they are nothing like cultivated blueberries. The taste is infinitely better, stronger, sweeter.
And there is something so satisfying about foraging your own food. In this case, the un-official Finnish super food.
We have a saying about eating fresh berries: " It's like putting money in the bank". Because you know, it's only for a short while that we get fresh berries during the year. And they are so good for you, that it's like putting money in the bank, when you eat them.
So we eat bowls and bowls of fresh berries. Traditionally with milk. But also with crepes, and baked into a pie of course. Then we make jam and freeze the rest, for the winter.
The raspberry bushes in our garden are also producing a record amount this summer, likely because my husband has been taking such good care of them, watering, weeding, getting rid of snails, planting stray seedlings back into the designated area so that they don't get mulched by the lawn mower...
And soon the forest is red with lingonberries to pick, and then there are the red- and black berries in the garden, from which we make juice for the winter. I am tempted to go blueberry picking one more time, because there were lots and lots left still..
Berry picking feels important in the most basic sense. Like a miracle, you are procuring food for the family, totally for free, and simultaneously having a fun trip to the forest with the whole family.
Oh, and you can totally go berry picking in the forest with a three-year-old! We had some snacks for Indiana, and she ate those and just happily played imaginary play. It was easy to take part in her play by saying things like "mommy bear is gathering food for the winter" or something fitting to her current play.
I was happy in the forest, I am happy cleaning the berries, I am happy making crepes in the garden with the old Jotul cast iron pan I found here, and I am happy that the sauna is hot soon, and I am happy when I lay down at night in my cool sheets and listen to the rain pour down and drum the roof.