Foraging, Homesteading, News, Preserving

Foraging and harvesting

We had a lovely weekend the weather was unexpectedly warm so we pottered around to the garden harvesting some of our spaghetti squashes and boy did we get a monster I am so impressed by this guy that I’m seriously contemplating entering him in the local show next weekend. Check the normal sized egg for scale. N really enjoyed helping pick the squash and it has been a lovely process watching them grow from seed with her.  We have over 20 growing which is way more than we need so my plans so far for them are some pickles , freezing and giving some away to friends. We might put any extras out the front out our roadside stall on the weekends and if there are any left if march we will take them to the local swap meet.

(forgive the sideways image of N for some reason I can not edit it)

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We spent Sunday foraging and fruit picking at a friends property where we got a huge bounty of plums and blackberries.

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I had planned to process them fresh as soon as possible but when we got home I had very little sugar left so I made some more Plum sparkling (a natural fermented soft drink). The rest of the plums bar the yellow ones I weighed out bagged and froze but I will be making Plum Jam, Ice cream, Chinese Plum sauce, worcestershire sauce and maybe some plum liqueur and cakes. I’m pondering going back to my friends for more before they all drop off the tree but as I only have a window of a few days we will wait and see.

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