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August 13th, 2011 at 05:52 pm

Well, today was the perfect day for picking berries (beautiful and warm but with a good breeze) so I ambled out to the back yard and shooed the chickens to one side. (They like to peck at your toes, which is okay if you are wearing boots or shoes, but I was wearing flip flops because they are easier to wash off if you step in something they left behind). So far today I have picked two gallons of blueberries and a quart of blackberries. I have the bench out there to sit on as I am still not that steady on my feet and probably won't be for another couple weeks. Recovery takes time, I know this, but it sure would be nice to do things normally. At least I am healing well.

The Italian plums are starting to come on. They probably won't be ready until mid-September but it is nice to see how loaded the branches are. The apple tree has a lot of fruit on it, too, though it likely won't be ready until October. I wish DS wasn't allergic to apples. We usually end up giving away what the rest of us can't eat. No one here likes the texture of applesauce so there's not much point trying to preserve it. Usually we give it to the neighbors who have given us something earlier or will give us something later in the season. One neighbor has philberts and walnuts, another has grapes, and one always grows too many carrots. Then we progress to the free box at the end of the drive.

I've been reading some blogs on urban harvesting where people go around picking fruit from city trees that were planted to beautify the city, but the fruit always falls to the ground and goes to waste, and then they contribute it to the local foodbanks.

I found a great blog last night and have been reading it for hours. It's called www.thesimpledollar.com. I really like his style and he covers a lot of things. I particularly like his book reviews and have found a couple that my library has so I put them on hold. He covers some very basic things like meal planning and recipes, but he also covers some more of the complex things like mutual funds, stocks and bonds. It's a good mix of information and he has lively writing so I don't get bored of him.

It's been a lovely day. My in-laws came and got the kids and took them to the family picnic.

3 Responses to “More Free Fruit and Enjoyable Blog”

  1. NJDebbie Says:

    I wish I lived in your neighborhood! The most I've gotten are two cucumbers Frown. I've been reading that same blog for quite sometime now. I especially like the reader's mailbag.

  2. Marie Says:

    When we had an apple tree I would make apple leather. Its easiest if you have access to a dehydrator, but you can also do it in your oven.

    My kids loved it.

  3. baselle Says:

    Apple butter takes a TON of apples. If you hate the gooey consistency of applesauce (versus the gritty consistency), apple butter might not be your thing.

    We have City Fruit doing the in-city harvesting. It sounds like you and your neighborhood are doing a similar thing - barter and trade.

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