Sunday, 4 September 2011

Today's Pickings ...

We may have a large garden, but not a lot in the way of produce.
However, we are delighted with today's pickings.
Apples, runner beans, tomatoes, raspberries and elderberries.
These are the autumn fruiting raspberry, don't know what kind they are, but they are enormous. We had them with yoghurt for our tea this evening. They produce more and more every day.
Have grown tomatoes before and been quite successful, but they are not so good this year.
The small ones are very small and the large ones are mostly still green.
I am giving them some extra feed though and keeping my fingers crossed.
We are eating them everyday at the moment.
The elderberries are stupendous. There are so many, I have no idea what to do with them.
So far I have washed and frozen some and plan to mix them with our apples for pies and crumbles. I am sure I could make a cordial too, but have to find a recipe.
These apples are only the windfalls at present.
There are loads left on the two trees we have so we have lots to look forward to.
We have already had one lot of windfalls with rhubarb in a crumble (delicious).
I have also part cooked some down with a bit of sugar and put it in the freezer for future use.
Our apples are James Grieves and Laxton's Superb.
Never seen so many runner beans in our life. We are eating them nearly every day and freezing, freezing, freezing. Our two freezers are full! Lots in hand for the winter.
Talk about 'the season of mellow fruitfulness' - our autumn season has begun with 'massive productiveness!!!'
Hope you are all having a wonderful productive season.
Ann x