I had a harvest a few years ago that was wild. At its peak I was able to collect a pound a day from this patch. This year looks promising.  

In the cage

This year's berries come in three categories. The "Whole Foods" look and feel bounty plus the real taste. The B-sides that are half-and-half: the top of the berry is ripe with bursting flavor and the bottom is just red enough to deliver a burst of sourness. All in one bite. And then there are the unmentionables. That probably go into making the jams. We have a combination of all kinds of unique shapes. Warning: this link contains graphic fruit content and may not be suitable for all readers.

Shoutout to the Swing's Coffee and Engine 2 granola for providing durable bags suitable for reuse to freeze the berries

Here nothing goes to waste. The berries that pass the kids' look and feel get washed and placed in a bowl. The rest ... frozen for a smoothie or delicious Ukrainian vareniki in the future.

For the curious ... the canes that grow this year will produce fruit next year. The canes that bear fruit this year will dry out and will need to be cut. In the fall it's easy to distinguish between the canes. If you're planning to eat the fruit from your bushes you will have to cover it with a netting to keep the catbirds at bay.