Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fall means pecan season has arrived!

The Berry Springs Park & Preserve is certainly one of the best-kept secrets in the area (Maybe I should just keep quiet about this!) As we've done in previous years, Pat and I spent a beautiful afternoon today gathering pecans—over 10 pounds. Our backs are a little sore from picking these beauties off the ground, but it was well worth the effort!

Named for John Berry who settled the land in 1846 (he is buried in a small family cemetery in the park), many of his original farm buildings are still standingalong with a pond and new hiking trailsamong the park's beautifully maintained 300 acres. And there are acres and acres of majestic, ancient pecan trees that have been preserved in long stately rows. The park service keeps the grounds under the trees mowedperfect for collecting the fallen nuts.

We've got a little work ahead of us, but as soon as we get this pile shelled and in the freezer, we're definitely going to make a return trip!

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