As close as I get to being a farmer

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Posted by w0ep on May 20, 2012 at 6:33 pm

[Today’s run: nothing – rest day]

We have a little thicket of wild plum trees on our property.  It is approximately 20′ x 40′.  I have been working on it slowly, trying to cut back the creeping vines that are strangling the plum trees.  I am making slow progress every summer.

In late  spring we get a few wild plums.  This is our third year.  The first year was our best so far.  Last year we had a cold rain during the blossom time and hardly got any plums at all.  This year we again had rough weather but more plums survived.  We ended up with 5 full jars (8 oz) of plum jelly and half a jar.

I am not good at gardening, don’t even do much to the lawn.  But I am ok with walking across the yard and picking plums off the tree.  It took about a week for these all to ripen up.  I would pick a few, then come back in a couple days and pick a few more. Yesterday I got the last round and we cooked them and mashed them.  And today we made the jelly.


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  • On May 22, 2012 at 4:53 pm Jonathan Howard said

    Have you heard of pepper jelly? I had not, myself, before being introduced to it by friends in New Hampshire when on one of my visits a couple of years ago and it is a combination that _works_ (contrary to my impression when hearing about it before tasting). You may want to Google it up.

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