July 3, 2015

Happy 4th of July Weekend and Happy Harvesting

Here at my farm, it's just about time to start harvesting those small, fragrant, and refreshingly sweet raspberries - one of the most popular berries in the United States.

I grow red, black and golden raspberries, and the right time for picking is early summer when the fruits are vivid in color, and ready to fall off their stems. Although they are best eaten raw, raspberries are used in a variety of ways - as ingredients in jams and jellies, pies and tarts, or juices and herbal teas.

What are you making with your berries this holiday? Please let me know in the comments. And, please have a very safe and joyful Independence Day weekend.

July 2, 2015

Harvesting Gooseberries

Berry picking is in full swing at my Bedford farm.
Yesterday, all available hands were picking away at the gooseberry bushes. Gooseberries are one of summer’s delights. These small, tart fruits are delicious eaten raw at the peak of ripeness, or used for making jams, jellies, pies and other desserts. They are low in calories and packed with essential nutrients such as vitamins A and C, manganese and dietary fiber.
I grow many berries at my farm - I love sharing them with family and friends, and freezing them for use all year long. My tip for freezing is to first place a layer of berries onto a baking sheet and freeze them until they are solid, then transfer them into plastic bags or containers, so they store more easily back in the freezer.
Here are some photos of my productive gooseberry bushes - enjoy.
July 1, 2015

A Special Garden Tour at My Bedford Farm

As many of you know, every spring and summer, I open my gardens for a small number of selected tours around the farm, to see what is blooming at the time. Yesterday, I hosted one for fashion designer, Erin Fetherston, and her husband, musician, Gabe Saporta - their wedding was featured in our Fall 2013 issue of Weddings.

The guided walk was an auction prize I donated to Girls Inc. of New York City, an organization that provides girls with programs that nurture and enrich their intellectual and emotional strengths. My friend, Kira Faiman, who serves on its events committee, asked me to contribute the tour to their recent auction event. And, Erin, who was an event chairperson, purchased it as a birthday gift for her mother.

It was a very fun tour for a very good cause - enjoy these photos.