Have you ever heard of thimbleberries? Me neither. Also known as salmonberry or snow bramble, the thimbleberry is somewhat similar to a raspberry, but larger, softer, and flatter. It's so soft it doesn't transport well, so is not grown for commercial cultivation.
I got some of this jam last summer when I was up in Michigan's Upper Peninsula for a women's retreat. It was homemade by a woman who had picked the berries, which are native to that area. (Thimbleberries grow in the upper Midwest and in the western U.S. and far western Canada.)
The year before, all of it was sold out, so I was very pleased to get some this past year, and was saving it for a special occasion.
Then I forgot about it over Thanksgiving and Christmas. So we opened it up on an ordinary night, dinner being beef stew and corn muffins. It was delicious. A little tarter than raspberry jam, with much smaller seeds.
Now doesn't "thimbleberry jam" seem just like something out of the pages of Beatrix Potter? Or The Borrowers? It also seems like it would be a special treat that fairies would like to dine on while sipping little goblets of nectar.
But since I understand that fairies steer clear of photographic equipment as a general rule, I didn't think I'd catch them in the act. Instead, I turned my camera on some other suspects -- the little family that lives in my dollhouse. I believe they would enjoy thimbleberry jam very much indeed. And, as I see our supply has diminished quite rapidly, I believe they have already been "borrowing" some.
Mother is about to slice some bread for daughter, and I think it likely that it will be spread with some of that jam. Perhaps when I turn away, she will get it out of that jar on the hutch.
They certainly like their treats. I'm sure she has made all these delectable desserts in her little kitchen. Probably with ingredients Father has "borrowed" from me!
Now I don't begrudge them a bit of this or that now and then, but I do think I will keep my thimbleberry jam tightly sealed from now on!
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