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…

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…there is a row of dwarf sour cherries.  these are non-varietal, meaning that they were grown from seeds that were open pollenated at the u of sk research farm.  the seeds were destined for destruction but given to me in 2006 so that i could learn to raise dwarf sours.  in need of a deep freezing to stimulate germination i placed them in a small thermos cooler to protect them from mice and put the cooler in a snow bank in december, removing it when it finally melted in march.  i broadcast these in a raised bed the next spring and grew them there for a year, transplanting them to a protected field location the next year, and then to their present location where they now stand up to seven feet in height.  they are an afterthought in every respect and freeze off most years.  this year this tagalong refused to be upstaged by haskap and produced its first full crop on some trees…

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destined for wine.  jelly.  syrup.