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Monday, May 14, 2012

Berry Picking Time!

Berry Picking Time!

Our blackberries are ripening and it's one of my favorite times of year.  I love coming home from work each day, eating a quick supper, and going to the fruit orchard to pick blackberries.  When we get to the time of the season when there are large quantities of ripened blackberries, it does not take long to fill up the buckets.  We have country music playing loud enough for the squirrels, deer, birds, and me to enjoy. 

Our mayhaws have finished producing and we gathered 9 gallons of mayhaws from our 3 mayhaw trees.  We kept all 9 gallons for making mayhaw jelly. 

Our cucumbers have produced enough cucumbers for me to make crystalized sweet pickles.  We have enjoyed new potatoes and squash.  Peppers and tomatoes are coming along nicely.  We will probably pick some banana peppers and bell peppers before the week is over.

Our jalapeno peppers, cayenne peppers, sweet banana peppers, and bellpeppers are grown for my hot pepper jelly.  I made over 200 jars of hot pepper jelly last summer and all is gone but 5 jars.  Time to get busy! 

When you have a garden and fruit orchard, you have to gather when your fruit and vegetables get ready or you will lose what you have worked so hard to produce. 

I'm going to take a break from blogging recipes for a month or two, so that I can gather our fruits and vegetables.  I have over a year of recipes posted on my blog, so please enjoy those recipes until I get back to blogging recipes.   



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