When we were at the farm last month clearing fence, I would walk diagonally across the pasture to go check on how my mom and the kids were doing. While I was doing this, I noticed that there were berry plants that had been planted by birds right in the middle of the pasture - and quite a few of them.
I know that there are blackberry and raspberry plants by the woods, but I was excited to see these in the middle of the pasture since the middle of the pasture is free of poison ivy. I haven't seen poison ivy by the woods yet, but I can count on it being in there since poison ivy likes shade and was definitely in the fence line!
With all of the water and the warmth this spring, these pasture berry plants are doing great! I checked on them last week, and they are just loaded with little berries that are starting to form. I'm guessing they are raspberries, but they could be black berries too. It's hard for me to to tell without the old canes - these are all new ones.
I will keep checking on them either way, and keep dreaming about freezing, preserving, and eating them! This will probably be the only year for pasture berries far from poison ivy. Once we get the cows in the pasture and the hay making going, I will have to count on going down to the woods or starting a patch by the house. (Which I will most likely still do both of this year too!)