Blackberry Pie & Soay Sheep

Too many blackberries? How is that possible? They may be invasive, but they still make a delicious blackberry pie! 

Weed-free pasture or blackberry pie?

You can have both! 

The title of this story comes from the blog of my friend Priscilla Weaver, with whom I went to college some 40 years ago. She is an accomplished musician and a lawyer, and now she and her husband Steve raise Soay sheep on Saltmarsh Ranch in Oregon.

Turns out that Soay sheep love blackberries. Pris and Steve are happy to let the sheep “search and destroy the wild Himalayan blackberry vines that are the curse of fields and streams here in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest.” 

But come August, the sheep have to share the blackberries with Priscilla, a self -proclaimed blackberry addict, who uses them to make lots of blackberry pies. 

Saltmarsh Rranch Soay Sheep
Priscilla & Steve's Soay Sheep

I never heard of Soay sheep until now. 

To learn more about them and get the full story of sharing the blackberries with the sheep, check out Priscilla’s blog, “The Soay Sheep Chronicles,” subtitled “The Joys of keeping small sheep in southern Oregon.” 

Her blackberry pie recipe starts with “pick at least 6 cups of blackberries,” and describes the gloves you need to protect your hands from the thorns. 

I think I will buy the blackberries I use….

She also recommends listening to Brahms while making pie crust….

Jane Fisher & Priscilla Weaver
Jane Fisher & Priscilla Weaver