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.

June 30, 2015

Picking Currants at the Farm

It’s berry picking season at the farm!
This week, everyone at the farm is helping to pick currants - those bright red, white, and black juicy, tart fruits. I’ve been growing currants for many years. I love using them to make jams and jellies, tarts and pies. They're also very easy to freeze for later use - just spread them on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer, and once they're frozen solid transfer them to bags or containers and return them to the freezer for storage. In addition, currants are also among the most nutritious of berries. They’re packed with antioxidants, minerals, and loads of vitamin-C.
Currants are multi-stemmed, hardy, fast growing deciduous shrubs that are easy to grow and easy to maintain. This season, they have also been very, very productive, as you will see in these photos… enjoy.