Monday, 18 July 2011

The inevitability of fruit picking

There is a cycle of inevitability about my visits to the PYO farm.

Plums

I love the idea of marching around the fields, picking punnet after punnet full of glorious, jewelled fruit .

Raspberries

I bring the children with me, and forget how fast and efficient they are at picking fruit.  They are no longer toddlers who spend five minutes looking under every strawberry leaf for caterpillars. These days they can strip a blackcurrant bush of it's fruit before you can say 'Ribena'.

Blackcurrants and blackberries

I loose all sense of perspective as I stand in a massive farm, with fruit bushes, trees and neat rows of vegetables stretching away literally as far as the eye can see.

Bag of beans

My trolley full of punnets and bags looks really quite modest in this context.

Strawberries

I get back home, unload the boxes of fruit, and realise that I have got carried away at the PYO farm.  Again.  This happens every year.

PYO fruit haul

I stay up until gone midnight, scaring myself witless with boiling sugar - jamming and canning all the fruit.

Scary volcanic jam

The next morning I look at the stash of jars, piled onto the top shelf in the back kitchen and feel so proud of myself.  Here is a collection of summer fruit which will see us through the winter very happily.

Jammin'

Jam and preserved fruit stash

I'll definitely be back again next year to repeat this cycle all over again.  You can find some of my previous years' adventures at the PYO and in jamming herehere, here and here.

This year's statistics:

Purchased
  • 2 big punnets strawberries
  • 1 big punnet plums
  • 1 small punnet raspberries
  • 1 small punnet blackberries
  • 1 small punnet blackcurrants
  • 1 huge bag French beans
  • 3 courgettes
  • 1 pot of honey
Made
  • 1 enormous plum crumble
  • 1 blackcurrant and almond cake
  • 10 pots strawberry jam
  • 8 pots blackcurrant and blackberry jam
  • 4 large jars of stewed plums
  • 1 enormous strawberry and almond crumble
And we still have 1 punnet of strawberries and 1 punnet of raspberries, keeping cool and available for greedy scoffing whenever we like.  That's the best bit.

8 comments:

  1. How extremely satisfying.

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  2. Yum!
    I'm still giggling at the ribena comment!

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  3. Sooo impressed! Must get over my fear of jam making. K x

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  4. Delicious!! My jam making is far more modest by comparison! Lucy x

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  5. What a fantastic stash of jam!!

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  6. Recipes please!! Made Strawberry Jam 2 weeks ago - it's all gone (well 2 jars went to C's teachers, it was hard to part with it).

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