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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Bumper Crop!

I haven't been spending a lot of time in Blogland lately because I've been busy in the backyard... in the berry patch. We have a bumper crop of raspberries this year and I do mean a bumper crop. My dear hubby did a great job of cleaning out the patch this spring, pruning out old wood and cutting some paths so we could actually get into the middle of our thick patch. It seems to have done the trick as the yield has increased considerably. I've been picking for two weeks now, and to date "our little patch" has yielded 42 quarts! Yes you read that correctly - 42 quarts! 

I've made two pies and have put enough in the freezer for at least 10 more pies. Of course I've given many quarts away to friends for pies, jelly and jam as well. And today I made raspberry jelly for the first time ever. It looks so yummy, I can't wait to try it, and it's such a gorgeous red! I'll likely make one more batch as there are still more berries to ripen. Yes indeed, a bumper crop....

Speaking of bumper crops, we had two additions to the (extended) family today (while I was making jelly.) My niece who got married last August had twin girls this morning. Mama and babes are doing well. No names have been announced yet (sort of like the royals, haha.) I can't wait to meet them!



I am linking up with Kara at A Spirit of Simplicity for her new linky party "Tuesday Afternoon". 

Peace,
Linda

"What will come from the briar but the berry?"  Irish Proverb

9 comments:

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

You sure did get a lot of raspberries and they look delicious! Wish I could pop by for a piece of pie.

kath001 said...

Sounds like it was a bumper crop for berries AND babies! :) Wish I had some fresh homegrown berries to go with my last few pieces of pound cake.

Jennifer said...

Oh wow - your raspberries look delicious! I like raspberry jam. Lovely to hear of two new pink arrivals too......Strawberry Shortcake and Raspberry Pie? *grin*

KaHolly said...

Mmmmmmm, good! They make my mouth water! I have several wild raspberries but they didn't produce well this year. I don't think they liked the weather!

Sara - My Woodland Garden said...

What a wonderful post, Linda! Your raspberries look lovely and the jelly you made looks both very beautiful and delicious!
Sending a lot of good wishes to the baby girls and their family.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Wow! Bumper crop for sure! We used to have golden raspberry bushes years ago. We got a lot, but never could do anything with them. They disappeared as quickly as they were picked. My daughter had 4 best friends that did the pickin' and grinnin'.

Congratulations on being a new Auntie. Wow, twins. How fun!!

Have a great day.
xx, Carol

Jeanna said...

Yum, raspberries! Your photos belong on the cover of a cooking magazine. I'm sure your jelly will be delicious. Enjoy!

Lorraine said...

Those raspberries look delicious from here. Our fall crop will be starting soon so looking forward to some more.

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful pictures of the raspberries. I keep meaning to go and pick more but haven't yet! How exciting that your niece had twin girls.

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