Haskap Slice

Using a 9″x13″ baking pan –

Make a base crust composed of:

1 3/4 cups graham wafer crumbs
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter

Bake in a 350 degree oven 8 – 10 minutes.

Cream together:

8 oz. cream cheese
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla

Spread on cooled graham base.

Bring to a boil:

3 – 4 cups haskap
1 cup sugar

Add 3 – 4 tbsp. corn starch mixed with 1/4 cup sugar.
Stir until thickened.
Add to crust and cream.

Top with whipped cream.

Haskap Dye

We are weavers and we dye animal fibres with our own natural dyes produced from local plants.  Are you interested in dyeing with natural colour?  Check out our new category and subcategories listed under our header page (above) entitled ‘Haskap Dye‘.

haskap-dyed wool skeins

Haskap Syrup

A pleasant haskap topping for vanilla ice cream can be had by combining:

3 cups haskap
3/4 cup sugar
1 Tblsp. lemon juice
3 Tblsp. corn starch

Cook over medium heat until thick.

Regenerating Haskap (2)

This spring we began regenerating our orchard in earnest, although not as much as we should have.  Cutting off the bushes at ground level with a saw blade that can be sharpened on the end of our Stihl trimmer it made for easy work.  The bushes were gathered into a brush pile and burned.  Doing so made these roots produce new shoots prolifically.  Plants that we experimented on doing so with from last year produced berries this year, not in abundance, but they produced nevertheless.  And plants that we trimmed early in the spring this year came back with a vengeance this year.  This fall we will have to do a lot more trimming in order to get this orchard on a rejuvenation regimen, perhaps cutting every other plant in the original orchard?  This will still give us berries next year and will make harvesting the older plants easier as well as thickening the plants themselves in the future.

Plants trimmed this year and last year…

Transplanted Berry Blue

Some time in early November of 2011 or 2012 full sized Berry Blue honeyberry bushes were ripped out of an orchard using a tractor and chain.  Three days later I planted them in our orchard.  I left them as they were the next year, but they only had a couple of new shoots coming from their roots, their branches were non-viable.  I left them this way for the next year as well.  They did not grow.  A year later (2015) I mowed them off at ground level. In 2016 they finally came to life.  And this year they are finally established and producing in bare dirt.



Berry Wagon

In the past we have always moved our equipment to the field piecemeal.  We harvest by hand.  This involves a lot of trips.  And while the orchard is right outside our door it is still a bother.  So this week I took a day and built a flat deck onto an old running gear from a truck that we had sitting in disuse.  I added a substantial rear rumble-seat deck onto the back that is large enough to hold our generator we use.  Now everything can be taken to the field at one time and moved with us easily as we proceed down each row.  I used a mix of pine tar, linseed oil, and serpentine to seal the deck.  It gives it a rich colour and is non-petroleum based.  The deck is five and a half feet wide and sixteen feet long made out of scrap one inch spruce lumber I had laying around.  The generator deck is made of two inch spruce and is three and a half feet deep and five and a half feet across.