Mulberries are far easier to pick than any other fruit.

You put your bag beneath the berries, and simply tap each berry from the side. If the berry falls into the bag, it’s ripe. If it clings to the branch still, it’s not yet ready.

You can wait. It will continue to be there.

My small Connecticut town is full of mulberry trees in the wild (technically bushes, but may are tall).

We’ve had several days in a row of stunningly beautiful weather, neither cloudy nor hot.

There are few things more peaceful than gathering (and tasting) purple berries under a blue sky.

It seems a simple, if quiet, way to celebrate freedom.

Photo: Mulberries, out of reach, by Ann McLellan Lardas