No, this does not refer to a modern day cell phone. This is a (mainly Southern) term used to describe a brief period of cold weather that coincides with the time the blackberries are in bloom, (typically in early to mid May). Today is officially blackberry winter here, signaling the last of the major cold fronts moving through north Georgia.
Blackberry bushes are everywhere…and boy, do they have thorns! Soon, we will be seeing these ripening beauties along most every fence line around here. Pickers beware though—chiggers abound, and they do love to bite and burrow in places you didn’t even know you had places.
It has been many years since I’ve made jam. My mother was a great jelly and jam maker. This tradition has now been passed on down to Amy, so instead of jam making, I will offer to keep the wee boys while she goes off to the canning plant. I am confident that she will share her some of her bounty with her deserving parents. And everybody will be happy.
Life is sweet, y’all! Enjoy your hump day.