Finally fruit!

Harvesting fruit is a tasty experience, since I do enjoy munching as I fill each container. An avalanche of fruit is upon us, have you noticed? Elderberries, raspberries, apples, watermelons, grapes and cantaloupe all need to be processed at once! In order to savor summer bounty long after the winter winds arrive, my shelves are filling up with home-canned jelly and juice and the freezer is realizing its purpose with fruit chunked and bagged for future milk shakes, crisps, or cereal toppings.

Frozen cantaloupe makes a wonderful melon drink, as would watermelon but removing all the seeds takes effort. I watched a fun movie last night while taking off grapes from their stems and filling canning jars.

We do strive to provide a variety of fruit, but it tends to be more challenging than vegetables since they are usually perennials and require more than one season for a harvest.

What to expect today? The tentative list is: watemelon, raspberries, cilantro, tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, basil, potatoes, carrots, onions, summer squash or eggplant, chard, kale, BEANS, and maybe some beets, celery or red peppers. We will have cantaloupe for sale as well as large watermelons.