Below, Tennessee's state wildflower, the passionflower, entwined in the blackberry bramble.
Wild blackberries are free, but they're not without cost. We returned home scratched and scratching. So much for long sleeves and Deep Woods Off!
Like most of our frugal enterprises, the real value is in the experience. The sweat and thorns add sweetness that you just don't get from the produce aisle. Making memories, saving money, enjoying an oven-fresh cobbler--what price, happiness?
Personal trivia: My husband and I went blackberry picking on our first real date! For our wedding invitations, I used a blackberry stamp.