July 6, 2015

Summer Flowers Are Blooming at the Farm

The summer flowers are thriving in my cutting garden this year.

As you may recall, I switched my vegetable garden with my flower cutting garden a few years ago after an infestation of mole crickets decimated the vegetable crops. Since the change, both gardens have been doing exceptionally well.

This year, I ordered a large number of flowering plants to develop the new space. One of my favorite sources is Annie’s Annuals & Perennials in Richmond, California. At Annie’s, they grow all of their plants on-site, without any harmful chemicals, or unnatural sprays. Some of the flowers have already bloomed beautifully in the garden, so I took a few photos to share with you - enjoy them.

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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.

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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.

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