Despite the wet weather we have been having (how easy it is to forget the odd really nice day we get once in a while, when that day is overshadowed by the more frequent wet ones) the strawberries are actually ripening. The strawberry season here in B.C. is pretty brief, so you have to get 'em while you can.
So today I brought home 40 lbs. I'll need to get another 80 to 100 lbs to have enough to get me through until next year's strawberry season.
This year's would have tasted better if they had had more sun though. But despite the rain, they didn't look too bad.
They are washed, hulled and bagged and into the freezer they go.
The gooseberries are ripe too. There are 10 lbs in this flat.
Just about every gooseberry has a stem and a dried up blossom that has to be removed. It takes a long time to go through all those berries, and it's especially onerous with the little ones. It makes a great jam though. I'll probably get another 20 or 30 lbs. The gooseberries and still waiting to be topped and tailed. Any volunteers?
The weather certainly isn't helping a lot of the garden, but some
things are finally getting to the edible stage. We have had a couple of meals of new potatoes and broccoli.
New potatoes, a little butter, some salt and pepper, mmmmmm.........
My original blurb is below. This blog was started to show some of our customers where their food is coming from. But...since there aren't actually many of our customers reading it, and just because I wanted to... this blog now is all over the map. Lots of dog stuff, places we go, things we do, and of course gardening and animal stuff, and whatever else I feel like rambling on about.
We live on a 10 acre hobby farm in the Bradner area of Abbotsford, British Columbia. We are vendors at the White Rock Farmer's market, selling a large variety of items. These include jams, jellies and marmalades, sewn items, free range eggs, cut flower bouquets, fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit. We grow organically, although are not certified organic. As of summer 2017, our hobby farm houses 2 humans, 2 dogs, 1 cat, 1 ewe, and 80-99 laying hens.