Serviceberry cobbler, and a tip

You know those serviceberries I’ve been picking? They worked their way into a cobbler so I could freeze and share them with my daughters when they are here in July. If interested, see my book, Traveling at the Speed of Bike, for a whole section about free public fruit. If the time is ripe for…

Tastes like champagne

I shouldn’t share this location with you . . . but I will (revealed in video above). These are called serviceberries (or June berries, although they are ripe in May here in Atlanta). They look like the love child of a blueberry and cranberry, and they taste like champagne. Here’s another: If interested, there’s a…

Psssst. It has started.

Psssst. It has started. The mulberries are falling. Next up: serviceberries, blueberries, blackberries, pears, plums. apples, peaches, apples, figs, muscadines/scuppernongs, native persimmons, and pomegranates. And it’s ALL FREE , and you get to meet nice strangers when you harvest while traveling at the speed of bike (there’s a whole section about it in my book).

Pomegranates

My friend Amie and I found pomegranates while Traveling at the Speed of Bike today. She is here from Costa Rica for months at a time taking care of her ill mother-in-law, car-free in suburbia. She tries to get out on a bike ride almost every day, which is particularly awesome not only because it…

No cobbler

The aronia* berries are ready in the public park two miles from my home. I passed them yesterday while Traveling at the Speed of Bike. But I won’t be making a berry cobbler with them, as I did five years or so ago (pictured) when they were first full of fruit (and which I shared…

“I don’t know about this”

So I am gorging myself on free public fruit called serviceberries (known as June berries in some places, although they ripen here in Atlanta in May) right on the edge of Centennial Olympic Park in Downtown Atlanta,  when a man who is perhaps without a home ambles by. He says, “Are those berries?’ I say,…

If anyone wants to join me

While resting my bike in a field of clover so I could check on the public serviceberry and mulberry trees yesterday on Atlanta’s Freedom Parkway PATH, I got to thinking how pretty it was, how simple. And then I got to thinking (yet again) how we’re doing it wrong, in general — this life thing….

Feel free to pick

My 88-year-old friend Rod’s endangered peach trees (the city may cut them down) in a public park where he received permission to do a groundbreaking, potentially industry-changing organic peach tree experiment, are loaded with little fuzzy peaches right now. I rode by them the other day, and then I saw Rod when he gave a…