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The Gooseberries Are Growing

By Sharon
June 13, 2014

It happened every spring as I walked up the dusty one-lane road past Aunt Bett's house. She'd yell out the back door: "The gooseberries are growing! Hurry! I see the robins!" And I'd take off in a run, straight up the mountain to the gooseberry patch.

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vic
Jun 12, 2014 7:01 PM CST
Great article Sharon and I had already googled the recipe before I got to your link Green Grin!

I don't think I've ever seen or tasted this fruit. Where in the world have I been? I'm wondering if I can find them at our farmer's market.

Loved reading about your memories too Lovey dubby

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Sharon
Jun 12, 2014 7:24 PM CST
Not sure, Vic, you might be too far south. But if you find them, you taste a few for me!!
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hazelnut
Jun 13, 2014 7:56 AM CST
Here in Alabama the two things I miss most of all are lilacs and gooseberries. Gooseberries grew back home in our Northern Michigan woods. As I remember they didn't last long, (or maybe I was finding only a few that the birds left). I never ate them green, and it was quite a challenge to eat them: like juicy grapes covered with thorns.

The juice is the reward you get trying to break the berry open in your mouth despite the thorns!

Great memories, Sharon!
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Sharon
Jun 13, 2014 8:46 AM CST
I remember they didn't last very long either, Gloria -- there was only ever one Gooseberry Pudding Pie each spring! And you're right. It's the juice that I still crave.

We share a lot of the same memories, I think!
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hazelnut
Jun 15, 2014 10:21 AM CST
Not many people left who spent their childhood growing up in wild places. Well -- I guess "wild" has a different meaning these days. I should say wilderness places.

In that sense the Northern Michigan woods, is not that much different than Appalachia, or Eastern Kentucky.
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Sharon
Jun 15, 2014 10:27 AM CST
Same time, similar playgrounds, but different places for us.

Few of today's children would know what to do if they were turned loose in a wilderness -- I doubt many of them would think to climb a tree or pick gooseberries.
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