SUMMER’S BOUNTY

Grapes!

Was an EXCELLENT year for grapes!

Green beans in the garden

Beans and cucumbers

Peppers and cucumbers

Blushing "Anna Apples"

Celery

Squash blossoms - good stuffed with herb cream cheese, dipped in cornmeal batter and fried!

Cucumbers

Berrylicious!

Been waiting a whole year for these beauties!

Summer time!!!!

Eating with the fullest pleasure – pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance – is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience and celebrate our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend. – Wendell Berry

Blessings from the good earth and the fruits of our labor.

It’s been a relatively cool summer so a few of our crops were taking their sweet time to ripen.   Usually, we’d be up to our eyeballs in tomatoes, cucumbers and even figs but the cooler weather has made the harvest come in trickles.  That is fine because I am up to my eye balls in other fruits and veggies.

This year was an exceptionally good grape year.  The vines were loaded!    A GREAT year for blueberries too!  Our best harvest yet.

Now, if you will excuse me, I have a counter top overflowing with goodies that need attention.

But, before I go, I want to say that we’ve heard from many readers about the extreme heat and drought  affecting our fellow homesteaders in the Mid West & Texas.    Gardens are withering and animals are dying.  Many people are going through some hard times and our hearts go out to you.

Upon hearing of such hardship, we are indeed (more so!) grateful for our blessings. Our family wants you to know that you are all in our prayers.

 

 

 

 

Comments(11)

  1. Ashley says

    So wonderful! We put in our first two grape vines this year. They were late going in, and only one took. My husband would love to have a grape crop like that for his wine making though.

  2. John says

    Hi! Do you have any tips on how to make your apples so beautiful like you have them? I am trying to get my dad’s orchard back in shape and want to go the organic only route, but they look awful right now. I haven’t sprayed anything yet. What do you recommend?
    Thanks!

  3. Melinda says

    We’re located in southern Kansas and are one of those farmers whose crops are drying up and the animals are suffering. We planted a huge garden this year to have a roadside stand and we have NO PRODUCE! We can barely keep the plants alive and everything is just sitting and turning brown… the highs have been over 100 since June 2 and the lows rarely dip below 80 at night… very frustrating. We’re all hoping if/when it cools off in the fall, maybe, just maybe, our gardens will decide to produce something! And, there’s always next year… 🙂

  4. Joy Giles says

    Yep, still hot here in Texas. But, our Kifer (sp.?) pear is going great guns. It will have to be taken down at the end of the summer due to old age weakening and falling branches, but it is going out in a blaze of glory. Afternoon will be spent making pear butter.

  5. Bob says

    I am a newish gardener , A couple of years ago I bought a grape plant/vine from a big box store. I read about planting it and “low and behold” That’s Tex-Okie for WOW ;I have grapes this year. Some are sweet ,some sour. some tough ,some seedy and some just right .
    My heirloom tomatoes Seeds bought from “You ‘all ” are flowering but no fruit ;as it has been VERY hot in Oklahoma City
    I am growing herbs (organically) and selling Self Watering bucket herb plants and gardens at a Farmer’s Market

    I doubt I would of done much; except through your site , movies u-tube etc I kept remembering
    “Start where you are!”
    I am still a newbie but just had a cantaloupe that had reseeded from my compost pile
    The thing about Oklahoma is it is hot, cold, windy and unpredictable with many nice days and people
    I like that.

  6. Jeni Vandall says

    Yummy grape juice, jelly and everything else! Your harvest makes me a little jealous..lol Our bounty is starting to trickle in too with all the cold weird weather we have had it has put things in extra slow mo this year.

  7. Lisa says

    Wow! You inspired me to get out and water some more. It’s been so hot and dry. We are just holding out a couple of more months.

  8. Julia says

    I’m glad you are having such a good year. We are too. We have so many cherries they are weighing down the branches, which allow our chickens to jump into the tree and feast.

  9. Tim Seay says

    Boy do your produce photos always look fantastic! As I make my 55 mile commute to and from my homestead and gardens on the Florida Alabama border to the restaurant I work at on the beach; I often think about how much better my homegrown veggies are than the ones we are getting $25.00 a plate for at work from factory farms. Especially my tomatoes compared to those bland, rock hard, things that are passed off as tomatoes. Nothing like fresh pico de gallo. Thanks for your inspiration.

  10. Tim Seay says

    Boy do your produce photos always look fantastic! As I make my 55 mile commute to and from my homestead and gardens on the Florida Alabama border to the restaurant I work at on the beach; I often think about how much better my homegrown veggies are than the ones we are getting $25.00 a plate for at work from factory farms. Especially my tomatoes compared to those bland, rock hard, things that are passed off as tomatoes. Nothing like fresh pico de gallo. Thanks for your inspiration.

  11. Michael Hannah says

    i am looking forward to my third year with grapes. Ive heard its the year when the vine goes crazy! Anyway, its growing on two levels right now. I cut it off at the end.

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