Putting up apples

Eighty bushels of apples from Cider Hill Farm went home with Shared Harvest CSA members on Saturday. Three bushels have been living on my porch, waiting to be eaten or preserved. They are storage variety apples, so if I had a cold place to store them I could eat them ‘fresh’ all winter. Since I’ve limited fridge space my apple storage plan involves canning most of them.

I spent yesterday morning making apple butter. My house still smells of apples, cinnamon and cloves. Today I turned another bushel of apples into applesauce. I’ve a whole shelf in the pantry filled with jars of apple butter and applesauce. These will be a real treat this winter.

If you’re wanting to preserve some of your winter veggies, the National Center for Home Food Preservation has a lot of good information about food storage including how to can, freeze and ferment various veggies

The Cranberry Option

I visited Cranberry Hill Farm a few weeks ago to learn about organic cranberries grown on a small scale. I left with my trunk full of cranberries for the Shared Harvest CSA. Shareholders bought these beauties up in less than the time it took me to bake my first apple cranberry pie (which was delicious, by the way).

I’m out of cranberries, but the bostonlocalvore women aren’t. Darry and Kristi are making a road trip to Cranberry Hill Farm after Thanksgiving and bringing back a trunk full ‘o berries. Sign up now! Send an email to info@bostonlocalvores.org and get your name on some of these cranberries!

Organic Apples & Ballerina Princesses

I visited Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard this weekend with friends Kristin, Linnea and Kai. Today I’ll be making apple pies.

The OFPF web site says they are the only certified pick-your-own orchard in Massachusetts. This is a sweet little orchard.

Here’s a picture of Linnea in ’07, adorned with a dandelion tiarra. She still likes dandelions, but no longer wishes to be a farmer, much to my chagrin. Her current career goal is to be a ballerina princess.