Wonderful Fruit Season

Mother Nature was very good to us this year on the farm. We had late frost but most of the fruit trees were in full bloom prior to the frost.

The apple orchard is full of so many different types. I’m really looking forward to the Wolf River and have already been busy with the Transparent for applesauce.
Transparent applesauce
I filled 13 Cool Whip bowls and put them in the freezer. I save all of my whipped topping bowls just for this.

We had sour cherries in abundance this spring as well and the Mr. got his favorite sour cherry pies.

Two cherry pies which turned out really well.

The red plum trees were loaded and I’ve also got lots of strawberries to snack on. If all goes well next spring I may have enough strawberries to make freezer jam.

A cereal bowl full at a time makes for great snacking!!
Red plums that were supposed to be green gages and these plums have a very unusual flavor. Sweet but with almost a banana flavor added.

And then the early peaches came in. They’re beautiful with a sweet rich taste but they’re not “cling free” so it took a bit of carving to get them off their seed. I canned 12 quarts and have white peaches that should be ripe in late August.

I love peach everything, peaches, peach ice cream, peach pies & cobblers, peach jam, peach tea, anything peach!!

The apples yet to be ready will help fill the cellar with apple juice, sliced apples for baking and for crisps and apple butter. Of course, my favorite Wolf River for pies and breakfast!!!

The blackberries are starting to turn and we got three gallon of black raspberries which went in the freezer. The grapevines are full and we haven’t had grapes for three years. The rhubarb was in abundance as well but I didn’t store any of it this year.

I love it when Mother Nature provides so much for us!! We still have a full summer yet to work and fill the pantries!

11 thoughts on “Wonderful Fruit Season

  1. navasolanature

    Wonderful to see your farm and all the fruit too. I love the small carton idea for the freezer. Am afraid I only have a small patch and am late in life to the country dream but love it and this year have had an abundance of plums.

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  2. tonytomeo

    Fruit is what I really miss from the Santa Clara Valley. The region was once famous for vast orchards of stone fruits, with a few walnut orchards in some parts. Tourists came to see the bloom like they go to Maine to see fall color. Goodness! You would never know that now.

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      1. tonytomeo

        Yes, and worse. The Santa Clara Valley is completely urban. There is literally a ‘tree museum’, known as the Heritage Orchard, next to the Guadalupe River in San Jose, which exhibits examples of orchard trees that grew here in the remote past. No one cares.

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          1. tonytomeo

            Yes. I am here only because it is my home. If it were not my home, it is most definitely not a place that I would have moved to. It amazes me that the region was relatively sparsely populated while it was such an idyllic place to live, but became so extremely crowded after it became a rather unpleasant place to live. People literally pay millions of dollars to live in shabby ‘neighborhoods’ in which they know almost nothing about the millions of other people they live within such minimal proximity to. If I had two million dollars to spend on a less than average home here, but was not from here, I would go someplace where I could afford a decent lifestyle, like Maine. Seriously, my parent’s home costs nearly two million dollars. A similar home in Tulsa (and yes, I looked) costs less than $100,000. So, for the cost of a single home in a trashy neighborhood, I could purchase an entire good neighborhood of twenty similar houses.

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