All of the fruit ripening at the Farmstead Project has made life a SWEET ride the last month or so. Every visit brings new discoveries in deliciousness and new challenges on how to preserve the bounty. (Thank goodness I am certified as a Master Food Preserver, or we would be in BIG trouble!)
The apple trees in the orchard are going nuts and so are we (trying to keep up)! Next year, we plan to make cider. This year, we are still trying to identify each variety and determine if it is an eating apple, baking apple or something in between.
So that means a lot of picking…
And taste testing…Mmmm. Not a bad gig, if you can get it.
We have made a lot of apple pie, apple sauce and canned apple pie filling. (Follow the link to see how to do that. Its easy!)
Many of the trees we thought were apple turned out to be pear trees!
We seem to have several different varieties, but we were most excited to discover that we had a few Asian Pear trees hidden to the side of the orchard. Yeah! (That is the Asian Pear on the right.)
That mystery fruit?
Turned out to be plumbs. (They haven’t fully ripened yet, but they are definitely plumbs!) So far, they seem a little scrawny, but this poor tree hasn’t had much pampering in the last few years. Next year should be a better year.
The Mystery Holes?
A sapsucker does not actually suck sap. He just makes a hole in the bark and then comes back later to eat the insects that are attracted to the sap.
The damage could have happened any time, but I am now on the lookout for new damage as we move forward.
We also have a ton of peaches and I have been canning like mad. Watch for a post coming up with a recipe for my low-sugar peach jam. The low sugar really lets the peach flavor shine!