I find great joy in making candy for children. The candy I make comes from our haskap berries (https://thehaskaporchard.wordpress.com) – we have almost 3,000 plants. We pick for free distribution among those who have less access to healthy food…and pickers who bother to come here pick for free. We don’t invite anyone to come and pick; but we welcome all into our lives with equal hospitality. Nobody pays for haskap…or apples…or cherries.
Haskap tastes like a cross between a blueberry and a red raspberry and has a zing that lingers on your tongue for some time after the berry is gone. Many, many children like haskap. We’ve had parents who have literally had to drag their kids out of our orchard…picky kids whose parents tell us that their children won’t eat haskap, but they do! When people come here to pick for free both they and their children are allowed free reign to graze as much as they want while they pick as well. We want to make this a happy place.
Carrying this joy into winter is an easy thing and brings us great delight in knowing that those who receive this candy will relish it at an age before they become inculcated that simple joy is far from the most important thing in life.
Making this candy and giving it to children amounts to a tangible, natural liturgy of everything that’s good in the world…far beyond the reach and micro-management of adults.
One box was sent out this morning. One box will be sent out on Monday. And another package will ride with us to Mass on Sunday.
Exciting stuff for wonderful people…the children for whom we make hard haskap candy. It’s by far the most important thing I’ve done so far this year…