6 weeks in…

…and we are still harvesting haskap…and there is no end in sight when it comes to berries hanging onto the plants…they have lost some of their firmness but are still quite good…sweet…savoury…juicy…full…heat and high wind have done nothing to deter them from still calling out to us…’come and eat!’…

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…and our dwarf sour cherries are now succulent, hanging en masse, easily harvested, and running riot on our tongues!

…we froze 60, 6 cup bags of haskap berries, which will be sent off later today to recipients, free of charge…

bubbles…

…rising…airlock perking…yeast procreating…sugar depleting…alcohol increasing…taste buds salivating…

 

1 gallon haskap juiced
4 gallons clean water
12 cups cane sugar
3.5 tsp yeast nutrient
1 tsp tannin
1 package wine yeast
rock and roll!

…this stuff is insanely tasty!!!

twenty eight gallons…

…picked, washed, cleaned, bagged, and frozen yesterday…on their way this morning to privately supporting those who have less access…all for free…all from hearts of compassion…workers who set their lives on hold to meet the needs of others on their terms…

stepping up and taking responsibility

…yesterday we canned five dozen jars of haskap jam destined for CW houses of hospitality…this came from some of the berries we harvested the day before, which amounted to less than two rows of haskap…we have a dozen more rows to harvest….and that’s in the old orchard alone…this is all bound for independent communities that feed, and clothe, and shelter the homeless…

laughing

…there’s a line in christian scripture that has always intrigued and appealed to me…in that verse god invites people to come and buy and eat for free…the words are from the mouth of isaiah…the name isaiah means god saves…and this is how god saves…it’;s whimsical…economically playful…refusing to take life too seriously…so playfully it’s our delight to freely share the natural bounty of this orchard…most people pay something…it’s up to them…but none have to…we cracked up recently when we saw another local orchard advertising their berries for $25/lb…like whoa…that’s $150 per gallon…i bet those must be some damn-good berries…i’ll have to go give a pound of theirs a try…

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…we get more fun out of watching people enjoying themselves
than any amount of $ we’d never make…
…and laugh ourselves to sleep at night at the simple notion
of homeless people enjoying this $150/gallon food…
🙂

holding it all together

…while our bale netting is in tatters..and even when intact has holes too big to be an absolute preventative…we’ve discovered that by leaving it on even when the pressure from the birds let up it greatly stabilizes the bushes in wind…you can see a whole community of plants pulling together as one!