As is often said, “seek and ye shall find.” The raspberries are small, and there are few but they are available. At first, it’s like dropping pennies in a bucket. But, I am determined that I will keep searching until I accumulate enough raspberries for a small tart – perhaps the only raspberry tart of the summer.
At times I consider giving up, but I push myself to look a little harder. There will be no tart without a little perseverance. Sometimes, I pass a section that I think I’ve picked clean and discover there is still another raspberry to pluck. Or, has another just now ripened in the heat of the morning sun?
Diligence is rewarded. It takes almost a full hour before I’ve gathered enough raspberries - slightly less than a quart, and just enough for one rustic tart.
These hard earned berries can’t be overdone. So I choose the simplest of tart recipes from Deborah Madison’s “Seasonal Fruit Desserts.” The recipe is called “Lindsey’s Austere Berry Tart” - nothing more than a jammy red raspberries and a buttery shortbread crust.
It probably took more time to pick the raspberries than it takes to eat the tart, but it is worth savoring – a delicious bite of the berry patch.
Meanwhile, the blackberry bushes at Restoration Farm have fruited, and are slowly working their way towards ripening.
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