Omnivore - Blackberry patch?

Does anyone know where I can go to pick blackberries?

This is the time of year when I become obsessed with pie. Specifically, blackberry pie. While I usually reserve my food obsessions for things that other people have cooked, I have yet to find a blackberry pie as good as the one I make. The ritual of getting sunburned and eaten by mosquitoes and scratched by thorns, as well as the sweaty domesticity of baking pies in the heat of my sweltering kitchen, are precious and sacred yearly tasks.

The problem is, I don't know where to find the blackberries in this town. When I lived in North Carolina, I knew every generous blackberry bush within five miles of my house, the best of which being an entire grove down an old dirt road overgrown with blackberries, enough for two pies a day for weeks at a time. When I lived in New York city, I would take the train out to Westchester and hunt down blackberries in the land preserves once owned by the Rockerfellers.

But in Atlanta I don't know where to look. I have a few sad berries growing in my yard, but not enough for a pie. If anyone has a patch they'd be willing to share, or a spot on public land they could direct me to, I'd be more than grateful. You can post it here, or if you'd rather avoid having the whole town descend on your one sweet spot, you can e-mail me at besha.rodell at creativeloafing.com.

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