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Here is my submission for the Foraging - Sand - Fresh Harvest List BB.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are to harvest:
- one pound (total) serviceberries
     
To document the completion of the BB, I have provided:
 - A picture of one of the plants the berries came from
 - A picture of the bounty on a scale showing the weight
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Decided to harvest a pound of wild serviceberries growing at “the lab” then decided to do it again 4 more times for a grand total of over 5lbs. This post is for that first pound.
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Decided to harvest a pound of wild serviceberries growing at “the lab” then decided to do it again 4 more times for a grand total of over 5lbs. This post is for the 4 pounds that came after the first, to complete “4 more items from the fresh list”.

Decided to turn it all into wine. The berries weren’t very juicy or super sweet, so I added a bit of water and a bit of sugar. We’ll see how it tastes in a week or two.
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Serviceberry foraging. Lots of them. Please let me know if this fulfills two of my electives for doing four more fresh list foraging.
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Lots and lots
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Himalayan blackberries are ripening all over town, so I went to work at a couple parks (the city doesn't spray park fruit.)

Picked a total of 2 lbs, 4 oz over two days.
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Forage spot #2: public park near home
Forage spot #2: public park near home
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1 lb, 7 oz of blackberries
1 lb, 7 oz of blackberries
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I harvested some service berries from a very large bush this summer. I then dried them in the solar dehydrator for eating in oatmeal this fall.

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I am working towards increasing the diversity of harvest list so I am logging elderberries and serviceberries by combining them to reach the 2lb requirements for elderberries. I foraged almost two lbs of serviceberries while at WL for the PTJ. I donated them to the final nights dinner efforts and they got baked into challah bread and a lovely chocolate banana cake for Leah’s birthday.

I foraged 5 oz of  elderberries back home in the DFW metro. I am going to make elderberry syrup with them to complete a Natural Medicine BB.
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I think that this elderberry/serviceberries post May actually belong under the straw badge BB. I already have my Fresh list Sand BB plus’s my elective additional 4 fresh list items BB. Should I delete the post above and repost it when I get a total of 5 different species foraged for that Straw BB?
 
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Himalayan Blackberry

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To complete this BB I have harvested two pounds of blackberries from the woodland and parks near my home.

I've attached a photo one of the plants in the wild that I harvested from. I've also attached photos of two containers on scales, including the empty container as I forgot to tare the scale for one of them!

The weight of the two containers full of blackberries is: 732g + 248g - 22g = 958g (2.11 lbs)
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I've been picking some more wild blackberries. Once again, I have included the same picture of an empty container as I didn't tare the "takeaway" tub when weighing it. The larger tubs (388g and 293g) have been tared - you can see this on the readout for the 388g tub but, for some reason, it didn't display for the 293g tub. I think the scales were quite cheap as this sometimes happens. They do seem accurate though.

Total weight: 388g + (297g - 22g) + 293g  = 956g (2.1 lbs)

Edit: I thought I'd uploaded photos of two takeaway tubs that needed 22g subtracting but, on looking at my finished post, realised it was only one. I've been foraging a lot lately!
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Once again I've been picking wild blackberries. I am trying to make the most of the autumn harvest this year. Soon the sloes and elderberries will be ripe and it'll be their turn!

Total weight: 369g + 623g = 992g (2.2 lbs)
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And yet more wild blackberries. I picked several kilos today over a few hours, with a picnic break in the middle. I also gathered a load of dead ash twigs for kindling over the winter, some early-ripening rose hips and some pieces of scrap metal wire that I will repurpose. I can't help cleaning up after the fly-tippers and I'm often found taking bits home that they have dumped!

Total weight: 987g (2.2 lbs) (Plus lots more that I won't bother submitting as this is more than the 2 lbs required by the BB!)
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Looks like I miscalculated - I need to complete this BB once more!

Here is another container from yesterday's haul. Two kilograms (~4 lbs) of wild blackberries.

Total weight: 2121g (4.7 lbs)
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Please note that sloe berries were removed from the list (not really found in Montana) and blackberry types were clarified.  
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:Please note that sloe berries were removed from the list (not really found in Montana) and blackberry types were clarified.  



Noooo! Gah, I've been collecting these and was going to submit them this week. (It's not such a hardship, I gather them every year to make infused vodka/gin anyway)
 
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Shoot, sorry!  But the Straw level requirements have gotten more flexible so maybe it's a wash...
 
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I went out looking for crabapples and found black walnuts. I tried to collect twenty pounds but ended up closer to thirty. Need to work on my guestimations.
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Pacific crab apple
I saw the apple blossom in spring of 2020 and returned today, not knowing what kind of apple I would find. These are tiny! After some searching online, I discovered that they’re pacific crab apple. I don’t know how many pounds I am required to pick, but I’m hoping for 1lb as they’re similar to service berries. If not, I’ll return tomorrow and pick some more.

Ooops - just realised I already have this badge, so changed to a regular post.
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I found a patch of feral grapes along the edge of a pasture.  Most were too high to reach, but I picked as many as I could reach without a ladder and the bounty measured over two pounds at 2.69 lbs.

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A picture of one of the plants the grapes came from.
A picture of one of the plants the grapes came from.
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A picture of the bounty on a scale showing the weight.
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Hey skip team, I found apples on my hike by the lake yesterday. Lots of tiny little guys. 20lbs worth, though! My kids will love the tiny apples, literally with 4-6 bites each, AND I won't feel like they waste them by eating only half an apple.
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actually 20 lbs.
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seriously overgrown apple trees. Beautiful! All I had to do was pick them.
seriously overgrown apple trees. Beautiful! All I had to do was pick them.
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About 4 pounds of wild blueberries!! The most amazing flavour imaginable. Made blueberry pie and blueberry ice cream
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Dewberries are in season in Texas, and an abandoned property near my house is covered with brambles. Picked 3 and a half pounds of them over an hour or so. I’ll freeze these and use them in baking and maybe try my first ever batch of jelly. The field is pretty close by, so I’ll be able to restock throughout the season.
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I foraged over 2 lbs of dewberries (small blackberries, accounting for dialectical differences) from a wild roadside patch.

My foraging partner was more into gathering and eating than baking, so he combined his roughly two-pound haul in with mine after weigh-in, giving us over four pounds and plenty for eating and freezing along with a pie and a dozen muffins.
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I am super excited to have a giant mulberry tree in the front yard at my new place.
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I think I’ve collected at least 8 pounds in total. This bag is what I got over the weekend.
I think I’ve collected at least 8 pounds in total. This bag is what I got over the weekend.
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My mulberry tree with dog in foreground.
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One of our neighbors many years ago ( something like 10 or so) wanted to have a huge blueberry patch, Blueberries grow super well here. There was a spot on their property where the wild blueberries So, they took  that corner of their yard and planted a few more bushes. Over the last 5 years life changed and they just let the bushes go. So, we ask every year a few weeks after the 4th of July if we can go  checkout their old bushes. A few years ago we were getting yields of 40 lbs, it has since dropped off alot. The bushes are getting old, the not being maintained. and so on, but we still can get enough for our yearly needs. I believe in this picture we collect somewhere around ~10 lbs.

I hope this counts as a lot, because already bagged and froze them for the year.

If not, no worries.



 
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Our blueberry hull ( a lot more the 1 lb)
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First week of July here is apparently Black raspberry week!
Goal:
- one pound (total) of: raspberries

I spent two hours on the trail picking to my heart's content. Everywhere I looked had bushes full like this:


My tasty haul in lbs per oz so 1lb, 2.4 oz (I zeroed the bowl out before adding the berries)
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Question, is everything listed the only acceptable foragebles?

I was looking through a foraging book for my region and it lists American Groundnut as a tuberous root plant that grows here. It's flowering now so it'll should be easier to spot and I wanted to go looking. It seems they are very similar in size and uses as sunchokes.
It's also not a cultivated plant.

Including a picture of the page for those interested in further information:
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Groundnut page in my Midwest foraging book.
Groundnut page in my Midwest foraging book.
 
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Two pounds of chokecherries. Chokecherries are everywhere here! I probably could have harvested 100#! However, 2# fits in my biking hip-pack to transport!
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Chokecherry bush or small tree in an open space off of an off-road biking trail
Chokecherry bush or small tree in an open space off of an off-road biking trail
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tare the container for weighing
tare the container for weighing
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2+ lbs of chokecherries
2+ lbs of chokecherries
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To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
- A picture of one of the plants the berries came from
- A picture of the bounty on a scale showing the weight (or you have so much, there is no need to weigh it) -- 2 pounds of grapes

Muscadines are a type of grape that grow wild in my area. They have seeds and thicker skins than conventional grapes. The deer are a big fan of the vines, too, and have been steadily pruning the nearby ones.

I harvested 33 oz, or just over 2 pounds.
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Mscadine1
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Muscadine2
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Muscadine3
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Muscadines on the vine
Muscadines on the vine
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Signs of deer pruning
Signs of deer pruning
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Remembered to document one of three blueberry trips this autumn.

And I didn't think about it until now, but perhaps the "blueberries" on the fresh harvest list are not the same as these blueberries? Hope I'm not submitting an edge case here.

These are european blueberries. They thrive in sunny slopes and dappled birch forests, and prefer low PH. We call them true blueberries they are related to american blueberries, but not identical.  Around here, american blueberries are called garden blueberries, as they don't grow in the wild, and are usually found in stores.

According to my calculations, this should count for 1 BB + 5 duplicates (6 pounds). But as the berries are not identical, I'm happy to get less, and I understand if it does not count at all. Adding a few extra pictures and description of the harvest process, in case that will make it easier to decide.
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Blueberry plants towards the end of the season (picture taken during the second harvest trip) - leaves turn red
Blueberry plants towards the end of the season (picture taken during the second harvest trip) - leaves turn red
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Harvested with blueberry picker, bit earlier in the season (first harvest trip) - leaves much greener. (Can be harvested by hand, but that takes much longer, and the berries leave blood red stains that stay on your hands for days.)
Harvested with blueberry picker, bit earlier in the season (first harvest trip) - leaves much greener. (Can be harvested by hand, but that takes much longer, and the berries leave blood red stains that stay on your hands for days.)
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Cleaning out leaves, stalks and bad berries is easy with this tool!
Cleaning out leaves, stalks and bad berries is easy with this tool!
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First harvest
First harvest
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Second harvest
Second harvest
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Note: I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete! Blueberries come in many varieties, and since those are a wild Vaccinum species, and wild harvested (and my harvesting book said all vacciniums are basically the same), and thsoe bushes don't seem any more loaded than the blueberries here in America, I will happily certify this for 1 BB plus 5 duplicates!

 
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Thanks Nicole! Much appreciate you took the time to look it up & clear it up!

 
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Today's bounty of raspberries, growing wild along the path between our home and our bee hives.

Field note on raspberries and bees (not BB-related):
The bees make a clear difference on our harvest. The raspberry harvest in this area has always been somewhere between weak to bad, but last year, our first year with bees, was strikingly much better. This year has not been as good, but then we have had all the rain the rest of the world should have had... So the bees have hardly been able to fly out all summer. Still, the berries closer to the hives were markedly bigger and of better quality - it was obvious exactly how far the bees have been able to fly between showers! Also, tree cover seems to have helped, with the best berries being those below spruce trees.
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Raspberry plants
Raspberry plants
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Raspberry harvest
Raspberry harvest
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Submitted for your joy and approval:  wild raspberries from our volunteer raspberry hedge along the dirt road going to the lake. This year was not the best for the raspberries, with our valley mostly being soaked in rains, but I did manage to get 550 gs on one foraging run.
Wild raspberries are probably my favourite. Sweet with just that tinge of acidity. Yumyums for the tumtums!
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A small cluster of berries
A small cluster of berries
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Hand picked delights
Hand picked delights
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550gs or 1.21lbs
550gs or 1.21lbs
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Raspberries previously submitted for SandBB, here are my extras for the fresh list, a nice batch of Bueberries (also called bilberries at least in the UK, I think. ). For any verifiers I`d like to point your attention to the submission from Ane Draxen just above, where the differences between our "true" blueberries and the American bushel-variety, and also the approval of the submission of a forge related, but not quite there.

I picked a total of 4.59kgs of blueberries / 10.1lbs, which my math tells me would be 1 more (5) than the desired 4 duplicates from the fresh list to achieve Sand Badge, yes?
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750g / 1.65lbs
750g / 1.65lbs
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820g / 1.8lbs
820g / 1.8lbs
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1326g / 2.93lbs
1326g / 2.93lbs
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1694g / 3.64lbs
1694g / 3.64lbs
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Blue delights in my picker, featuring handsome chap`s hands.
Blue delights in my picker, featuring handsome chap`s hands.
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Handsome chap picking blue delights. Notice how the hands are still there.
Handsome chap picking blue delights. Notice how the hands are still there.
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I picked blackberries by the lake this week with my little boys. Amazingly, we still made it home with 2 lbs of berries! I seriously had to bribe them NOT to eat them all before I could get home to weigh them! Haha!
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berries on plant
berries on plant
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more than 2 lbs
more than 2 lbs
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Last year, I harvested these berries and had no idea what they were. I did some research and made a syrup from them which kept my family healthy until--we ran out of it! This year, I picked WAY more, so we could make the same syrup, and maybe not get the flu this year. Eh? I'll report back how that goes.
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chokeberries on the shrub/tree
chokeberries on the shrub/tree
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WAY more than 2 lbs
WAY more than 2 lbs
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I went scuppernong picking and got just over 2 pounds. t's a type of muscadine, or wild grape, but scuppernong is more fun to say.
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Scuppernongs on the vine
Scuppernongs on the vine
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More than 2 pounds of scuppernongs
More than 2 pounds of scuppernongs
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On the edge of an old road there is a few old apple trees. The road is the old WV turnpike an hasn't been maintained by the state in many decades. During our late summer/ fall walks we always love collecting apple from these trees. Not always the tastiest. But makes good Apple Pie and Applejack.

No one maintains these apple trees, and i doubt based on their placement they were planted.

-Justyn
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Old Tree on side of road A
Old Tree on side of road A
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Tree B
Tree B
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Picking an Apple
Picking an Apple
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100+ lbs of collected Apples
100+ lbs of collected Apples
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~65 lbs
~65 lbs
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~50 lbs
~50 lbs
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I found and brought home a bounty of elderberries. I made syrup out of them!
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Elderberries in the wild
Elderberries in the wild
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Over 3 lbs of elderberries
Over 3 lbs of elderberries
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