Odd Spring – Poplars Beat Out Haskap

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We went directly from winter into summer, literally.  From below freezing to balmy weather with no rain this is the first year that the  aspen have leafed out before our haskap.

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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…

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…

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…

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…we get more fun out of watching people enjoying themselves
than any amount of $ we’d never make…

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these dogs…

…are probably the only ones in all of Canada, or North America, or would at least be some of the few in the entire world who had haskap in their dinner bowl tonight…which they most definitely relish!