In which harvest season is here, and there are inevitable zukes
|My co-author for the other book brought her grandkids to visit|
The only apples that are "ready" yet are the yukky ones (buggy or otherwise damaged), so Max and Anna gathered a bucket of those and delivered them to grateful goats.
|"Can we pet her?" |
"I don't recommend it. Pet goats, instead!"
Then, it was on to other crops:
|Our most consistant crop: eggs|
|These Beanstalks could easily support a Giant or two.|
|Magical, I'm tellin' ya.|
Jim will be canning beans like crazy this week--this 10-gallon bucket isn't even half of the crop!
But first, the neighbor's heavily-laden golden plum tree needed my attention
This big bucket of plums yielded about 6 gallons of sweet golden plum wine, plus some delicious plum juice, which Jim canned for me. Maybe we'll use it in cooking, and maybe we'll just drink it.
|Sweet...and messy to eat!|
Will returned to the golden plum tree yesterday and picked another big bucket--more juice!
And of course, it's blackberry-picking time also.
|Duana can reach the berries on the high branches|
|Patty and I prefer to pick down low|
I carry several blackberry-harvesting buckets in my truck so I can stop at my favorite place by the river whenever I have a bit of time. It's a peaceful way to spend an hour or so, if you don't mind gigantic spiders, purple-stained fingers and lots of bloody scratches.
|Blackberries plants may root in Hell, but the fruit contains a hope of Heaven.|
|So far this year, Jim has made dry cherry wine, sweet golden plum wine|
and sweet blackberry wine. We're still hoping to make a batch
of dry purple plum wine and maybe some apple cider.
It's gonna take at least another week to get everything into bottles, jars, and ziploc bags.
|L-to-R: blackberry jam, canned green beans, and golden plum juice|
And then, of course, there are the Inevitable Zukes.
|Someday I'll name a grunge-rock band "The Inevitable Zukes."|
Each large zucchini yields about 2 quarts of shredded pulp that I can add to soups and sauces all winter, as well as zucchini bread and Chocolate Zucchini Cake.
Fortunately, I am an accomplished Zucchini Bomber.
Harvest season is a lot of work.
It's good, though!