I took the kids up the mountain today to see if the blackberries are ripe yet. The small bit that we have here at the house was done fruiting at least a month ago but the mountain berries always take longer since it isn't as hot up there. I had an idea that even if there weren't enough to make jam, I would make a little blackberry syrup to have on our pancakes in the morning.
We did get some, but they were mostly still green. The kids ended up eating all of what we did manage to find almost before I got the engine turned on to come home. I guess blackberry syrup and jam will have to wait another week or two. I'm just glad we didn't miss the harvest entirely!