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I woke up feeling a little sorry for myself. I'm not at all proud of this, but it's true. Sophie's violin camp is exactly the same time my favorite blueberry farm is open for picking… and it's a bumper crop this year…. and I can't go until Friday, when the camp is over. And picking started last week. (and yes, I know I'm whining, I'm sorry….) This might not seem like a big deal to some of you. But I know a few of you understand. 

I was doing my best to let it all go. I ran the girl back and forth to camp. Checked on my bees to see that my new queen is laying (yeah!). The hive that has been doing so well swarmed while I was in Alaska and Joe was forced to become a beekeeper. He and Wayne (my mentor) got it down from 69 feet up. That's a story for another time…. but the swarm and my original queen have been at Wayne's house…. and then in an observation hive for some kids science classes…. and then back at his house. They should be home later this week and I will be up to three hives. Just in time for pepper bush which is a big honey flow in our area… so I just might see a few jars this year after all!

We took the kids for ice cream on the way to pick up our farm share. Simcock Farm is quite lovely if you happen to be in the area. As for our CSA pickup, so many cucumbers! Wow, fourteen to be exact. The kids have been eating them like apples. I think it's time for a few jars of fridge pickles though. I knew I would be picking up our first fruit CSA today too… and was expecting currants… but not two five pound buckets of blueberries too! Just the surprise I needed this afternoon. I swooned over the basket of veggies and the boxes of currants and the blueberries…. which we ate all the way home. New England how I love thee….

Right now I am sitting in the quiet of the back porch, warm afternoon light, chickens softly clucking, mason jar full of nut brown homebrew beside me. A sweet little break……

And that was today……

xo,

s

ps ~ any thoughts on what to do with all these currants? I'd love to know if any of you have a good suggestion!  

 

12 thoughts on “today……

  1. Oh you poor dear, I do get it and I’m sorry. I have been feeling a little down myself, I want…need to be at the beach, but it’s pour rain here, sigh.
    I wish I could help with the currents, but I didn’t even know that’s what they were. I’ve never had currents.
    Enjoy your drink and your evening.

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  2. Not my words, but I found this on the internet.
    “Red currants have a lot of natural gelatin in them. My grandmother used to break them down with a little sugar and water (like making cranberry sauce) and then strain to get a homogenous pulp free pink liquid. Put in a jam jar, this gels in the fridge like a loose jello. Mix a couple teaspoons of this with cold flat or fizzy water for an alternative to lemonade. Also awesome over ice cream or in yogurt. Keeps for a week or so, you can probably freeze it in ice cube trays too.”

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  3. I have never seen a currant in person. They always look so beautiful on all you New Englander’s blogs. But blueberries and cherries seem to be having a bumper year, so I suppose I’ll survive to experience currants some day! 🙂 And thanks for giving me a few new book titles to check out!

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  4. I made oodles of currant jam a couple of summers ago. It tasted great, but all those little seeds were a pain and destroyed bread when applied. I think jelly would be a better option, but the kids and birds eat all our currants right off the bushes here!

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  5. I completely understand what you mean about blueberries. Last summer was so busy that I almost missed blueberry season entirely. I ended up calling all the blueberry farms to figure out which one still had berries because my favorite farm was all picked out. Luckily there was a farm with berries and all was well. My poor husband didn’t know what to do with me.

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  6. I grew up with the red currants in Germany and my mom would make lots of jam out of it. But my favorite is when she cooks vanilla-pudding and stirs some in it. If you eat it still lukewarm or cold the combination of sour and sweet of the pudding is fantastic. Now living in Manhattan we almost never have them but when we visit our family in Germany during the summer my 4 kids love to eat the red currants at the grandparents house !

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  7. I’m glad it ended well! We had the same kind of experience with peaches. Our favorite orchard is only open wednesday-saturday and so things kept coming up and I afraid we won’t get any peaches at all but I was patient and it all worked out. Currents…I’ve never tasted a current so I don’t know.

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  8. You lucky lucky girl! I hope whatever you chose to make, you’ll share it here! Jam seems a typical choice, but I loved reading the other suggestions! 🙂

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