fall haskap

…still hangs on the bush…

…two unpicked rows of haskap bushes remained when we finished our formal picking…a small group of cedar waxwings lingered long after the majority moved on…in spite of this and it being nearly three months after we began picking, berries still hang relatively heavy on these bushes…much has also dropped…but it amazes us to see this amount still on the bush…shrivelled, but tasty…we sat in the orchard today with our dogs and just ate…

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hang on!

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…vast amounts of haskap berries still hang on to their bushes on August 25th, 2017…these berries are slightly softer than at the beginning of the season, but are still quite turgid and are flavourful and sweet…pictured above are Borealis plants where we removed the netting yesterday from the entire orchard and are letting it dry for a couple of days before packing it away…this netting has lasted six seasons although is mostly worn out…we will pack it away and evaluate it next year and perhaps use it again in conjunction with new netting for even greater protection…

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…