A bountiful morning when you have the right tools.
Berry (and cherry) picking is serious business; you pick, eat a few, then try to get them in the bucket or basket without spilling your handful from a high altitude. And then there’s the bending down to fill the bucket part. (Bad backs need not apply.) There’s got to be a better way!
The tallclover prototype during its testing phase: lightweight and no rope burns.
I took my design inspiration for a better berry-pickin’ bucket from the clever folks at Bybee-Nims Farms at the base of Mt. Si near North Bend, WA. Their berry bucket: a clothesline cut to four feet, ends threaded through two opposite holes in an open coffee can and then knotted, basically a bucket pendant necklace.
The prototype: cheap, comfortable and with several applications.
I adapted the idea, using a light weight plastic storage container and a soft twist tie (foam-covered, wire-core) for the rope. My extensive testing proves the design reliable and my capacity to eat fresh berries without match. It’s an especially handy when you’re on a ladder. But why limit it to a berry/cherry picking bucket, what about as:
- a cereal bowl for your morning commute or late night snacking
- a place to store your reading glasses
- a new-fangled air sickness bag
- a popcorn holder when at the theater
Ah the list goes on, but for now I have a date with some overripe raspberries. Ladies, gentlemen, don your buckets.