1 The berries at the farm begin to ripen in the late spring. These are Redstart currants. These tart berries grow in clusters called racemes.
2 I asked Maria, one of the housekeepers, to pick a bowl so that I could make red currant jelly. The juice also makes excellent sorbet.
3 Glowing red and beautiful, red currants are rich in vitamin C, fiber, and fruit acid. The jelly made from the juice of the red currant is especially delicious and very clear and red.
4 These are Ben Sarek black currants. The fruit is very deep purple, and extremely fragrant and are grown primarily as the basis for syrup, often distilled into a liqueur called cassis.
5 And these are Blanka currants. White currants are a cultivar of the red currant and the fruit is less sour. They are a really rare basis for an extra special jelly!
6 These are gooseberries, related to currants, both in the Ribes genus. Gooseberries are much larger and grow in clusters of three to four per stem.
7 These gooseberries will soon be ready to be transformed into pies, jams, and other sweet delights.
8 Strawberries are the first berries to ripen and these were picked earlier in the spring and turned into delicious jam.
9 Raspberries need to grow on wire supports. We use granite posts with heavy-gauge wire stretched in between.
10 The red raspberries are just getting ripe. Aside from their sweet flavor, raspberries have high levels of Vitamin C and cancer fighting compounds.
11 These are Bristol Black Raspberries, which are firm and flavorful.
12 To freeze any berry, it's best to lay them out on flat trays and freeze until solid. Then, scoop them into containers or plastic bags for storage in the freezer.
13 It also looks to be a good year for my blueberries, which are just beginning to turn blue! Blueberries are one of the few fruits native to North America along with cranberries and concord grapes. The varieties I grow are Bluegold, Chandler, Darrow, Jersey, and Patriot.
14 Blueberries are high in fiber and have one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices, and seasonings.
15 The pears are ripening in the pear grove.
16 And all of the apples are getting bigger with each passing day.
17 Fuzzy apricots
18 And young filberts, or hazelnuts
19 We had a terrific crop of early spinach in the vegetable garden.
20 It's such a treat to have so much of this healthy leafy green. It's wonderful in salads and lightly sauteed. My daughter, Alexis, purees it for Jude.
21 Spinach is one of the main ingredients of my terrific green juice, which gets me going each day.
22 A basic green juice is made up of spinach, parsley, cucumber, green apple, and fresh ginger.
23 Because of the abundant spinach crop, I asked my housekeeper, Laura Acuna to juice and freeze all of it.
24 That large bunch yielded 10 pints of spinach juice.
25 Once frozen, it will last up to 8 months, which is why it's a good idea to date anything you put in the freezer. Now I'll have fresh spinach juice for my green beverage for many mornings
26 The brassicas are growing quite well.
27 The cauliflower plants are producing beautiful large heads.
28 And so is the broccoli
29 As well as the purple cabbage
30 And the white cabbage
31 There are many varieties of tomatoes growing, including several heirloom types.
32 Very healthy potatoes
33 And so many artichokes!
34 There are many varieties of hardneck garlic growing. Garlic flower stalks are called scapes and we've been snipping them for salads, soups, and pesto.
35 And peas galore, both edible pods and shelling types
36 A nice shot of my house
37 The herbaceous peony garden is in the process of being deheaded, the removal of spent flowers. With so many blooms, this is a big job.
38 The stable has been adorned with large potted ferns.
39 The bases of the ferns have been underplanted with moss and ornamental grass.
40 There are many barn swallow nests at the farm. Here's a newly hatched family waiting patiently in their nest for mom and pop to return with food.
41 These nests are amazing structures constructed from mud pellets and grass, carried bit by bit in their bills.
42 The showy blooms of catalpa trees
43 The highly fragrant blooms of a trumpet lily
44 And a very pretty Asiatic lily
45 I decided that this year, I wanted to grow a corn field. A sod cutter was used to remove the grass from this area near the chicken coops. This new plot measures 85 x 50-feet.
46 The sod was rolled up and relocated into the chicken yard.
47 Lots of compost from the compost yard was spread over the dirt.
48 And Wilmer roto-tilled it in.
49 Rows were formed using a furrow rake.
50 Ryan and Wilmer planted sweet corn, pop corn, and ornamental corn.