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United States
July 8, 2012 12:20am CST
So this year our area is having good crops of fruit so far. Though they have all been early they have been abundant. So far we have picked 35+ pounds of strawberries, 17 of blueberries and 34 of peaches. One might ask what the heck someone would do with so much fruit. Well With the strawberries I made regular jam, low sugar jam, and strawberry balsamic jam as well as many fresh treats ranging from chocolate covered to crumbles with rhubarb. The blueberries too where made into short cakes, pies and pancakes while the rest where frozen to use in the same ways for the next year or until we run out. The peaches where made into salsa and my bar b que sauce that I canned as well as the baked and fresh dishes. I love this time of year! I love storing away the bounties of the summer like a squirrel but I am afraid I may be a dying breed.
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@Suzieqmom (2763)
• United States
9 Jul 12
Our fruit crops in NJ have been very bountiful this year, too--a nice change from previous years! However, not sure how last week's drought has affected the rest of the crops. I think I may visit one of our local farms today (now that the weather has turned more pleasant) and see if there is anything left. Nothing like the taste of truly fresh-picked fruits and veggies!
• United States
9 Jul 12
I grew up not too far out From Princeton and when I was young it was all farms there. I loved going to the farm stands to get stuff when I was little. Not too many of them any more now.
@Suzieqmom (2763)
• United States
10 Jul 12
we live near Princeton as well. . .there are less farms now than when we moved here, but there are still a few good ones. Better than northern Jersey, which has basically lost all of its farmland to developers.
• United States
14 Jul 12
I love Terhunes in Princeton. It has gotten much larger now then when I was a child but we would go every year to pet the animals and pick apples and pumpkins. Since my own have been born my folks take them to pick the peaches, blueberries, pumpkins and of coarse apples. Have you ever been?
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
8 Jul 12
U are lucky to have that much fruit. I still put things up to.Even tho i have to buy it it's so much better than what u buy in the store & alot of time in the winter alot chjeaper because prices on produce go sooooooo high.I have put up more veggies than i have fruit.I did make a bunch of strawberry freezer jam. A friend of my son's gave him a whole flat of berries which was really nice to get. i bet we both are a dying breed.
• United States
9 Jul 12
Once the veggies are in the pickling and freezing of them will start as well. I won't have as much as I like of coarse because I only have a few containers of a garden this year. They said the ground is ok to plant in after the flood but I thought it safe to give it a year to let what ever is residual grow out. I mean the stuff in that water took the finishes of the door knobs and brass fireplace cover. I will though get some regular salsa made as I have the tomatoes, jalapenos in hanging planters and the herbs in the pots. Will need to buy the garlic and onion this year but the farmers market will have those cheap enough. I will also be on the look out for seconds of the tomatoes as I usually can and freeze large amounts of those for chili and sauces.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
9 Jul 12
Hope u get alot of good things from your containers. One of my neighbors brought me a bag of cucmbers yesterday so i made pickles today.It sure helps having things canned & in the freezer. Don't work too hard.
• United States
14 Jul 12
Me too! I actually really like canning and making pickles and jams it is relaxing for me I know most see it as work
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@mentalward (14716)
• United States
16 Jul 12
Nah, I don't think you're a dying breed. As a matter of fact, I've been reading how more and more people are growing more and more of their own foods, mainly veggies and fruits, with the way the economy has been. In the past five years, since we moved to this house with 3 1/2 acres, I've planted many different kinds of fruit trees, strawberries, kiwis, grapes and berry bushes. I also grow a veggie garden every year. What we can't eat fresh, I freeze, can or dry for later use or to give away. One year, I had way too many blackberries and I made way too much blackberry jelly. I gave some away to anyone who would take some and I STILL had some left over by blackberry season the following year. Now, I've learned how much to make so there isn't so much left over and make different things with each kind of fruit. I hope you always have a bumper crop of everything!
@mentalward (14716)
• United States
16 Jul 12
Ah, I see that you get your fruits from those "pick your own" places. That's an awesome idea for anyone who wants to put food away for winter but doesn't have the room to grow their own.
• United States
17 Jul 12
Well I have planted some bushes, blue, black and honey berries as well as chocolate trumpet vines and raspberries. They are not mature enough yet to pick more then a handful off each and this year we won't as I also do not have my usual garden just some hanging tomatoes and peppers and a garbage can of potatoes and some herbs in containers. We where badly flooded last fall and considering the water ate the brass finish off my fire place front we decided to give the land a year to grow out any yuck. I did make my syrup but I had it tested before eating it. I was pretty sure since it was boiled so ling it would be ok and it was but I think raw veggies we will wait on. We did put Jack o'lantern pumpkins in though for fun, I had to grow something Hey next time you make too much jam look for other ways to use it. I did that with strawberry one year and found I could use it in dressings, bar b que sauces and to make awesome pancake syrup. In fact everyone loved my strawberry balsamic mixtures (both dressings and bar b que sauce) I now can strawberry balsamic jelly
• United States
17 Jul 12
Oh that was maple syrup from our trees by the way..
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
14 Jul 12
Oh my gosh...how I would LOVE to be in your fields! That is fantastic! And here I am thinking I am just the country girl when some fruits go on sale and I buy enough to freeze some for the winter! Blueberries were on sale for the first time I can remember so I bought some, and ate some till I was sick of them and then froze some for winter! I made the muffins too! Also with strawberries...I cut them in pieces and froze them and also blended some to make strawberry smoothies come summer (oh, that's now...better get going on that!) Butusually fruit is so expensive I can't afford to buy hardly any. And with the drought in 26 states right now...fruit and other farm grown things are going to skyrocket so I am working on buying what I can now and freezing it. Oh by the way...when can I come over for fresh fruit cakes and cobblers? Any time is good for me!
• United States
14 Jul 12
Lol... we pick our own at local farms the fruit and veggies are much cheaper. I mean it's work to go pick that many blueberries but in the end if I only pay a dollar a pound to have enough for the year it's ok by me.
@coffeebreak (17824)
• United States
14 Jul 12
OH, they dont have that kind of thing near me.
• United States
15 Jul 12
Here try this site. http://www.pickyourown.org/ I found most of the places we go to on here.
@AmbiePam (45853)
• United States
13 Jul 12
How do you keep the insects off your fruit when it's growing? Is insecticide the only way? We had a peach tree once, but my parents never cared to take care of it, but I was always disappointed because the fruit would have worms if I picked a piece off the tree. I would love to have bushes or trees full of fruit.
• United States
14 Jul 12
The blueberries where from a local farm and they spray their bushes with a mixture of a little vinegar and water they swear it keeps the bugs away and it seems to. As for the peaches we had to pick through to make sure there where not bugs as they are untreated as well.
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@AmbiePam (45853)
• United States
14 Jul 12
My dad used to pick blackberries when he was a child and they never used anything on them. They didn't really have a problem with insects. I would love to have fruit just outside my home.
• United States
14 Jul 12
I have bushes but they are not mature enough for fruit yet.
@Cale2012 (115)
12 Jul 12
Im very very excitement after hear your fruit abundant harvest.and I admire your life at this moment.Think as I have get so many receive from land after my hard work. Every gain is full of my energy and protection.Im pride of this view, because I had involved this process. Many person often imagine they can subtitute their life with others who are very expect to become.For a while, I think most person have done like this dream.and in ordinary, you often hear some words, "if I were you, it's much better" "If I were boss, I can" congratulation you.
• United States
14 Jul 12
Thank you. It is just my life nothing special though...
@deliar (609)
• Indonesia
10 Jul 12
hahaha.. you haev a very busy summer this year friend, i think you are on a reaally good year now... you can make so many cake, so many kind of foods, i think that is really interesting to try.... but one thing that you should not forget, you have to take care yourself, don't forget to take enough rest... it is important okay.. have a good summer buddy..
• United States
14 Jul 12
Oh I will we have spent a lot of time swimming in the creek between berry picking
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
9 Jul 12
wow, you have been busy! do you put anystuff for the winter? i am so not a canner but i have made freezer jam out of strawberries though. i have never tried peach salsa, but it does sounds pretty tasty! i wil have to look for a recipe. here where i live, because of the spring that we had, the fruit prices have shot up so this makes it really hard to low income people to buy local.
• United States
9 Jul 12
Yes I do. I try to not have to buy these items at the stores at all for the whole year when I can. I do pickles of all sorts, freeze veggies, make and can sauce even dry my own herbs or did when I had my herb garden ( it washed away in last years flood though my mint has become a weed taking over the entire back yard at them moment) Our Spring came too early so we have a few crops ready before they should be by a few weeks but it has been good crops so far.
@marcmm (1806)
• Malaysia
9 Jul 12
I can understand when you said that you are the dying breed. Nowadays, not many people will plant their own fruits or vege, not to say having to harvest them and process them and store them for future use. I guess the availability of these things in groceries stores and convenient stores make modern people not in dire need to plant and store their own food. But anyway, I like your style. Planting our own food not just save money but more satisfying.
• United States
9 Jul 12
We are trying to become a little more self sufficient from the stores. All the preservatives and chemicals in the food. Not to mention they just taste better. I didn't do so much before when we lived in a more urban area but now that we are rural I find that we know many people who do this and that it isn't as intimidating as it looks, that said I know that more people live in the urban areas and are like how I was before and it is easier to just go buy the foods. Then again many can't afford that either.
• United States
8 Jul 12
I have wanted to learn how to can but hubby says it's too dangerous for me. *LOL* Though I have been wanting to make freezer jam's :) I just of course want a good deal on the fruit and maybe a deep freezer before I get that far. Sadly in our area we have been plagued with drought so much of the produce will probably become quite pricey. Alot of our produce doesn't come in locally til August-October til then everything comes from the grocery store shipped in from FL, CA, or Mex. Thankfully we've had really good prices despite things on MI blueberries and CA/FL strawberries. But we've been warned apple prices will be jumping up. I'm hoping since our weather is cooling down into the 80's that I can pick up some more plants for our garden since the heat has killed a few like my zucchini I grate and freeze for brownies and breads.
• United States
9 Jul 12
Last year had been our real bad year. So much rain everything was water logged and drowned in the fields. This year has been good so far but early. Spring was early and everything else has followed and it might be a barren autumn at this pace. Canning isn't as dangerous as one might think if your careful..lol Where my cousin is in CO they are having the same problem as you are. The corn isn't growing right or has burnt to nothing. The same with the straw for their horses.
@ryanong (9697)
• Vietnam
8 Jul 12
It is nice to hear that you have many fruits now. For sure you will be very busy to make jam. I like to eat jam also, it is yummy... Could i get a bit jam to eat...after you finished to do it?