Monday, December 6, 2010
Marinade: 1.5 C white wine vinegar, 1T salt dissolved in 2 C water, 1.5 t dried oregano, 3 lemon wedges, 2 cloves garlic, olive oil. (This is from about.com at http://homecooking.about.com/od/fruitrecipes/r/blfruit35.htm)
Check in in mid January if you'd like some!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Over the past month 510Fruits has been Facebook shared, list-serve posted, and written about in several online media sources and blogs. In addition to the sweet emails I have received from folks expressing appreciation for the remembrance of forage and neighborhood and home-made jam, the virtual neighborhood has actually brought me lots of contact with my geographic neighborhood as well. Neighbors I had not yet met have been emailing with offers of fruit, and Sunday I shared favorite jam recipes with one of these new neighbors as we harvested 15 pounds of plums (3 different varieties!) from his backyard trees. Now I will add plum butter, plum jam, and whole stewed plums to the 510Fruits offerings. Thanks Hans!
Here are a few of the recent articles about 510Fruits.
Thanks for sharing in the bounty both virtually and more proximally!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
For the first summer in many years, I've been doing more u-pick harvesting than neighborhood foraging as the late spring rains in the East Bay seem to have led to poor local fruit setting, including no fruit at all on my much beloved apricot tree. Luckily apples and pears seem to be setting nicely on my street, so fall may see the return to the eminence of foraging.
For now, I've been wandering further afield, east to Brentwood and down the coast to Pescadero, in search of the perfect u-pick farms. I'm very happy to report that this year there are more pesticide free and organic u-pick farms than I have found before, including some new favorites: Farmer's Daughter for stone fruit, Pease Ranch for cherries (both in Brentwood), and Phipps and Coastways in Pescadero for berries.
This week I've been obsessed with peaches and olallaberries, in a number of different combinations. Friday I picked 35 pounds of peaches, warm from the sun, and so candy sweet I must have eaten six or seven straight from the trees.
Monday was berry-ing and purple stained fingers.
Olallas (a cross between blackberries and boysenberries (themselves a cross between blackberries and raspberries)) are just finishing and blackberries and boysenberries should be starting next week. Anyone wanna go picking?
Jamming is not for those who don't like to get their hands dirty--it is seriously sticky work!
Cherries remain my season favorite and also the most fun to pick with three to five year olds. Even I appreciate being able to pick fruit by the handfuls and fill 5 gallon buckets in 10 minutes!