I went strawberry picking a few times, gathering a total of 22.88 pounds. I had a canning party with two girlfriends, and froze the rest:
- 3- 1/2 pint jars of strawberry butter
- 4 pint jars strawberry lemonade concentrate
- 2 – 3/4 pint jars strawberry lemonade concentrate
- 1- 1/2 pint jar strawberry chamomile syrup
- 18 1/2 pints frozen
- 2 quarts strawberry vodka
We harvested about 12 cups of black raspberries from the backyard, but none made it to the freezer– we ate them too fast!
The cherry crop at most of the local farms took a hit this summer, and most of them weren’t offering U-Pick. Grisamore’s was, though, but warned us the season would be short. So when we had an opportunity to U-Pick sweet cherries, we went all out and I came home with 14.4 pounds of what I believe are Bings and maybe Rainiers (?). This was just a few days before our long weekend in Ohio for the family reunion, so I had a few late nights of pitting and freezing cherries- there was no time for canning! I ended up with:
- 4 1/2 pints frozen Bings
- 1 1/2 pints of the maybe-Rainiers
- 9- 2 cup bags of mixed cherries (and 1- 1/2 cup bag)
- 3/4 cup dried cherries
- 6- 1/2 pint jars maraschino cherries
I had some extra that needed to be used, so we have 1 jar of scape pesto frozen for later.
This was another “we’ll only have these for a few days” U-Pick purchase, this time at Indian Creek. I expect we will eat most of these fresh or as a grilled cobbler (recipe below!), but I saved a bunch of the pits and have started making this liquour.
Since my own zucchini growing was a bust, I picked up a ton of squash at the market this weekend. I’m planning on grilling some tomorrow, letting it cool and then package it up for freezing!