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Mushy berries…

April 24, 2009
come on summer!

come on summer!

I had several people curious about my berries coming out of the freezer in good shape. Being short on time and good posting ideas, I cheated and answered the question (tried to anyway) over at Not Dabbling in Normal today.  See you there!

10 Comments leave one →
  1. April 24, 2009 1:20 pm

    I was at a yard sale this morning and I saw an old glass butter churner going for $75. Made me think of you. It was one of those nice square jars you said was good for churning butter. I would have loved to buy it, but makes no sense for me to get one.

    • April 29, 2009 7:59 pm

      Wow Jenny that is high for a yard sale! It’s hard these days to justify a $75.00 decoration. Maybe someday… Thanks for thinking of me!! 🙂

  2. April 26, 2009 3:01 am

    I love your berry pictures…and now I’m hungry again, arggh 🙂


  3. April 27, 2009 12:24 pm

    Boy did you bring back memories, I started picking cherries (and other fruit) at the age of 9. I had the advantage, curse of growing up on a fruit farm, cherries, apples, pears, plums, prunes, peaches and some grapes. Lots of work! I was very excited to not pick anymore and get to work in the packing shed.

    I will try being more careful with my berries, I want mine to look like yours!


    • April 29, 2009 8:04 pm

      Linda, ah ha! You do know what I mean – those days seemed endless. Cold drizzle, cold lunch, and just a few dollars in the pocket! My husband and I compared notes and realized we picked at the same farm, although we didn’t know each other. I am sure he was a town kid who threw berries! Our group had to behave because we personally knew the berry boss. Sounds like your farm was a wonderful place! Even though as a kid it doesn’t always seem so. 🙂

  4. April 28, 2009 12:57 pm

    Found your blog through Paula at It’s all Gouda. I froze about 50 pounds of strawberries last summer from a local farm, and they have made us happy all winter.

    I’m trying the garden by the square foot method this year, and I hope to have more good veggies than ever! One question, if you have time. I planted onion sets (white). Do you know how long before they’re ready to harvest? They were 3/4″ to 1″ diameter, and some had a touch of green at the top.

    And I love your baby calf.

    • April 29, 2009 8:09 pm

      Hi Marjie, wow 50 pounds! The deer finished off all our strawberries, plants and all – we only got one picking.

      I am curious to see how your square foot garden turns out – hopefully you’ll post…hint hint!

      You could harvest your onions at any time for eating, although if they are sets they may be hot, and not a sweet salad type. But if you want them for storage onions, you need to wait until the tops dry back and the neck is flexible. Then cure them in a dry place out of the sun and store in cool, dry area that doesn’t freeze. Hope that helps!

      We love that calf too – she is a doll, we named her Lana.

  5. April 28, 2009 6:38 pm

    I enjoyed your post. I will definetly use your methods this year. Freeze right away, no wash or single cookie tray bit. I like the coffee can idea, the kids will too. I will have to buy MM coffee in the big cans so I can get a berry bucket collection going. Still love your blog!!!!!

    • April 29, 2009 8:14 pm

      Kim, thank you – you know I think I should come to Maine and help you and MM drink all that coffee!!

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