*Picked mulberries, froze.
*Picked June berries, froze.
*Picked apricots, froze.
*Picked apples, dried and froze.
*Picked pears, dried.
*Grew a ton of butternut squash that we are using consistently and squirreling away for the winter.
*Enjoyed a ton of homegrown watermelon. Gpa's farm grows the best watermelon!
We also planted two grape vines, a pear tree, and a couple apricot trees on our new property. And of course, we always have our stash of local, organic wheat berries to grind for fresh bread, crackers, pasta and other grain foods.
This summer, while watching Clara (now 20 months) help us harvest various items, I've pondered how there really is a heritage to local eating. I want to share some pictures of the heritage we are building into her life and the lives of those around us this summer.
This is my little cousin, picking June berries and, according to his father, eating them "like candy." His mom is an avid gardener and says she doesn't get any strawberries in her house in the summer because he is out there picking and eating the ripe red jewels.
Here's Clara on one of our many harvesting adventures. Even at 14 months she loved helping pick mulberries. Now, anything that looks like a berry (Holly berries, etc.) she picks, so we have to be careful because some of those berries can be toxic if eaten.