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LMRD 778 - Lower Mississippi River Dispatch
"Voice of the Lower Mississippi River"
Monday, May 18, 2020 -- Mulberry Madness

It's that time of year... the berries are deepening from pink to red to a rich deep dark purple ripeness... Mulberry madness takes over a certain kind of person this time of year... Maybe you also?



Like us, the mulberries prefer the islands of the Lower Mississippi River. Rarely found on the land side of the levee, they are prolific in great abundance on the other side, especially on the towheads (The giant Mississippi River sandbar islands which swell to perfection in this stretch of river).



We are offering berry-picking daytrips for anyone who wants to paddle out to a remote Miss River island and spend a few hours amongst the mulberry orchards. Limited season, maybe 2 weeks, maybe as many as 4 weeks. Depends a lot on the weather, temps and precipitation. Offer available almost any day between now and the end of the season. Dewberries will be ripening throughout the next 2 weeks and last until maybe mid-June. Prices depend on number going... the more per canoe, the lower the price.



Respond to this email, john@island63.com or call 662-902-7841 for reservations or details. Each trip custom guided by the Mighty Quapaws.



Each tree has its own flavor, sweetness, character. Try them all --and compare!



If you don't eat all you pick, you can carry some home with you for pancakes, muffins, jams, maybe kambucha?



Get lost in mulberry paradise... its good for your heart, and your tummy!



Orange Snake? No, this is the orange-colored root of the mulberry tree reaching into the rich muddy waters of the Mighty Mississippi!



Closeup of Mulberry Root, this one has deepened to a rich cinnamon purple with ochre highlights



We're not alone. Birds love mulberries, including Canada Goose. Great birding and animal tracking. We saw over 20 species last Saturday afternoon alone including kingbirds, tree swallows, swamp warblers, and Orioles.



Go for a swim -- or a relaxing soak in a muddy blue hole, some of which are now bathtub warm!



Explore the beauty of the islands



Patterns in the mud



Perfection of sand, light -- and spirit



Mulberries aren't the only plants that love the islands... Watch out for poison ivy.



Mulberry Madness



BTW: in town we Quapaws are gardening and gathering wild foods, which we will be offering on upcoming trips. And elsewhere: we harvested leaves from our bay tree:



Now available at Collective Seed in downtown Clarksdale near Library, across street from Levee Board building.



Mulberry Madness -- it's that time of year!


We're all Connected:

Ending here with Big River Love to everyone. Wherever you are, in on any of the seven continents, or on any of the seven seas -- wherever the passage of life flows onwards forever flowing -- we hope you are well and making good decisions for yourself, your friends, your family, and the future of humanity.

We feel you, and we are all in this boat together. Yours always, in service,



"Driftwood Johnnie"
"Weedy"
John Ruskey