Blueberry Apricot Preserves

Every summer I develop blueberry fever for a short period of time. Last year it was Blueberry Thyme Shrub and Blueberry Peach Preserves (helped out with some deeply buried peach puree from my freezer). Along with these there always are blueberries made into quick compotes to top pancakes, muddled into cocktails (whiskey and gin are good…

Picking and Preserving Sour Cherries – Malta Ridge Orchard & Gardens

Picking fresh sour cherries on a beautiful morning in Saratoga County, New York, should be incentive enough to get out, but throw in cider donuts, free range eggs and local milk in an old-fashioned glass bottle, and the day becomes impossible to resist. Minutes away from my home, Malta Ridge Orchard & Gardens, owned by…

Summer Fruit Preserves

Five and a half pounds of handpicked fresh strawberries is a hefty amount for one person to eat, even a devoted strawberry eater such as myself. This is the danger of the ‘Pick Your Own’ farm. A trap for those unable to resist the allure of the local, organically grown, perfectly ripe, fragrant, and cheaper fruit….

Field Trip: Strawberry Picking

Visit: Hand Melon Farm, Greenwich, New York, about a twenty minute drive east of Saratoga Springs. Several years ago, I discovered my secret super power: the power to pick large amounts of fruit very quickly. 75 pounds of peaches in 15 minutes. Then ten pounds of apricots in just a few minutes. This super power,…