Staycation, All I Ever Wanted…
My sister and her husband are in town from St. Louis for the weekend. As we’ve been spending time with them, I realized this is really a vacation for Matt and I as well, even though we haven’t gone anywhere. We could call this a local get-away, or even a staycation or something else buzz-wordy.
The general idea of a staycation is to vacation locally: avoiding excessive carbon emissions, high spending, and overall impact on the environment, while at the same time supporting the local economy.
Together the four of us have tackled our list of restaurants serving local, organic food, spent time walking through our garden, sat chatting over locally roasted organic coffee, and toured local berry farms. It has been a blast!
Discovering The Tayberry
Far and above the most fruitful of discoveries this weekend has been the tayberry. Have you heard of it? I sure hadn’t!
The tayberry grows much like a raspberry, but has the leaves of a blackberry, and looks a lot like a boysenberry. But it tastes sweeter and more complex than any of those three berries.
Apparently the tayberry was first cultivated in Scotland 1962 (named after the Tay River), and is a cross between an Aurora blackberry and a black raspberry.
They grow beautifully, and can be trained in circles (to reduce overall growth space). Just like raspberries and blackberries, they produce berries on second-year cane growth, so they will not produce berries in the first year. But if you click on the photo below, you can see the amount of berries hanging on each cane – each bush produces around 14 pounds of tayberries! They are hardy to about -15F and aren’t particular about soil – they just don’t like wet feet (easily accounted for by planting them on a slight hill).
This morning we had yoghurt pancakes with tayberries on top (of course!!). And this afternoon Matt baked a tayberry cobbler for a potluck dinner we attended. Both were divine. These beauties will be going into our garden next year!
How to Grow Tayberries (PDF)
Where To Find Tayberry Canes in The US
(Please feel free to share sources you know in the comments!)
Have You Vacationed This Summer?
What do you think about the idea of a staycation? Is it something you’d consider?