Saturday, September 17, 2011
A Remarkable Season~ Garden Update
a sustainable life, where I discussed our first adventures in wine making. This in mind, B and I spent several hours yesterday taking a country drive and foraging for elder berries and wild grapes along roadsides and ditches. We came away with a 1/2 bushel of each and enough to start a five gallon barrel of wine. For my purposes, I am stealing about 2 pounds of the elder berries to make some cordial.
This property once had a working orchard on it. Sadly, after decades of neglect there are only a few gnarly trees remaining in various states of deterioration. The apples are bumpy and nothing to look at, but this year (probably because of the drought) seem to be intensely flavored and amazing. We collected a volume of fallen apples cut away the bad, kept the good and canned some amazing applesauce yesterday! Adding to the homestead to do list...we are researching taking cuttings of these old trees so we can re-populate the orchard and one day never have need to go beyond our backyard.
I'm off to de-stem elderberries, and simmer some cordial! Happy Weekend!!