This weekend we headed out to the farm for what will probably be our last visit before spring. The apple trees and berry bushes were loaded with fruit and the surrounding woods were a stunning display of orange, yellow, and red.
We arrived in the early evening just in time to get to the top of the hill to watch the sun set. The thistles had dried up into soft fluffy bushes that made everything look a little bit whimsical and fairy-like with bits of fluff floating around in the air.
Once the sun set completely the stars came out and we could clearly see the milky way, satellites moving from north to south, and a whole whack a shooting stars. We kept the fire really low so that we could pick out the constellations with the help of a compass and a star gazing iPhone app. We also played around in the dark with our flash lights and my camera taking pictures of our faces lit up in the darkness. This one came out with my face plus a ghost of my face right beside it.
Well.. not actually bright and early. We're only weekend farmers (aka pretend farmers) which meant that we slept in until 9:30 or so. It was bright, but not necessarily early.
Then we moved over and picked these bright red crab apples for making jelly with. I also have plans to make a sorbet or ice cream with the juice. September is so hot this year that all the fall flavors are appearing but it still feels like summer. I've got a couple of autumn ice cream flavors in mind for this Indian summer that we're having.
I was hoping that we would find enough of these high bush cranberries for me to make some wild cranberry jelly. As you walk along the birch ridge you can smell the cranberry bushes before you can see them. Then you notice a bright red bush amongst the yellow leaves. The bushes were always tough to get to and we had to make our way through a patch of rose bushes to get to this one. Sadly there was no way that I'd be able to pick enough for jelly without spending all day searching for the different bushes and picking them one by one.
We were sad to say good bye to the farm for the winter but now I have to get busy baking, juicing, and canning all the apples and berries that came home with us. I'm thinking pies, apple slices in cinnamon, ice creams, syrups, and jelly. It's really starting to feel like fall despite the warm weather.
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