2011 has been a productive year for our raspberry bushes. In fact, it is the most consistent producer we have each year. This makes me wonder if I should add more bushes next year. If anyone grows brambles that work well in the Chicago area, let me know. I'll probably add at least one variety to our garden next year.
This year we made three raspberry crisps, eight half pint jars of jam, and ate countless more right off the canes. We also had an Oktoberfest party last week, and the bushes kept a dozen kids occupied for about three hours. When they went home, I bet they pooped a raspberry.