|The kids inspect the agarita bush|
We harvested agarita berries on Sunday at our farm near Wimberley, Texas. Chris snapped some pictures of the event:
|Joe Henry and Garner with the wagon full of tools|
I find it easiest to harvest by limb and section, but there are several ways to get these sweet-tart little berries off the plant. I lay my container (in the above picture, it is a plastic lid from a storage bin) on the ground under a few limbs. I'll then hold the end of each limb and beat it with a stick or wooden spoon. The ripe berries will fall onto the container along with some debris.
|Whacking the limb over the container|
Once I've moved my containers around to all parts of the bush and I feel like I've whacked enough limbs, I'll begin to sort out the berries (or red jewels, as my kids call them) from the debris.
|Baskets can also be used for the harvest|
|Pulling the good berries from the blue bin and placing them in the yellow bin|
After I sort out the good berries from the bad, I then process them or freeze them for later. Here are a few more shots from our agarita harvest:
|Garner preferred to harvest the berries by hand and eat every other one|
|Bringing in the Harvest|