It’s been a week filled with massive quantities of phyto-nutrients. The black raspberries are on and a recent hike up the Shawangunks found us surrounded by low bush blueberries. That particular hike I believe we probably ate about a pound of blueberries each and picked for take home as well. I forgot my camera and it’s too bad. There are some great stone sculptures up on top of the ridge. Also a very industrious shade shelter made of scavenged wood and rocks.
Back to the berries… I had thought to make a post all about making no sugar (nor sugar substitute) jam, but well, life got busy. Basically it goes like this: Pick yourself a mess of berries. In the case of raspberries we prefer them without the seeds so they get a run through the Foley food mill. Cook the berries down until the foaming subsides, add pectin and place in sterile jars with lids. Can for 15 minutes in a water bath canner. We wound up with 9 half pints or just over a half gallon of scrumptious organic black raspberry jam with no added sweetener. Yum.
The garden is cruising along and since the massive rains have departed has perked up considerably…with the dubious exception of the sweet potatoes. These are about a 100 day crop and right now in our garden we are looking at plants that would be totally awesome if it was June 1. For mid-July though I think the only chance of them making is if we have a very long hot autumn.
The Spring cruciferous rows have been harvested and many bags of kale, cauliflower and broccoli have found their way into the freezer. As I mentioned earlier we chose to not grow a corn crop this year in favor of really filling the freezer with good organic greens, the most expensive and hard to come by food for us in winter.
What kind of week have you had? How does your garden grow? I’m glad you’ve popped in and set a spell, it’s good to take a breather. Have a berry-licious week!