1Stir together 4 cups of fresh blackberries and sugar in a bowl and let stand for 30 minutes.
2Process blackberry mixture in a food processor or blender until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides.
3Pour through a wire-mesh strainer into a 9-inch square pan, discarding solids; stir in buttermilk.
4Cover and freeze for 8 hours.
5Break frozen mixture into chunks and place in bowl
6beat with electric mixer until smooth
7Return to pan
8cover and freeze again for 3 hours or until firm.
9Garnish with whole blackberries and/or blackberry syrup.
10Yield: 1 quart taking about 15 minutes plus 30 min stand time and 11 hours freezer time.
11Ice cream maker alternative: double the ingredients and combine the blackberry process mixture with the buttermilk in a 4-quart electric or hand operated freezer.
12Pack in ice and rock salt mixture and stir till contents stiffen significantly.
13Add more salt and ice and let stand for 1 hour without stirring.
The Happy Berry Bunch farm, in Six Mile, South Carolina. Visit their website at www.thehappyberry.com