Wineberries & plums



Well, it’s wineberry season on the farm. We have brambles growing at the edge of the woodland & a tenant who enjoys picking them, so there you go.

What are wineberries? Well, a lot of the folks around here think they’re better than or as good as raspberries & blackberries. I wouldn’t go that far, but they’re pretty good. Here‘s an article w/recipes.

What we’re doing with them is putting them into a steam juicer, which is a relatively trouble-free way to get wineberry juice. Then we can the juice and can either drink it or turn it into jelly later.

Well, when our tenant was bringing a bucket of wineberries to the back door, TEBB was bringing plums to the front door. He & Mom have a deal where he supplies the produce & she supplies the rest.

I’d decided that one of the things I’d like to learn about this summer is canning, so I stuck around to help/watch.

What I learned:

  1. Canning season is the hottest time of the year.
  2. Making jam involves simmering hot liquid for HOURS in an already hot kitchen.
  3. You can’t open windows b/c drafts will crack the jars, spilling hot (VERY hot!) goop all over.
  4. It takes about 5 hrs to make a batch of jam.
  5. I don’t like jam all that much.

2 Responses to “Wineberries & plums”

  1. Brad says:

    So, Sara, this was a less than exciting jam session? Sorry – couldn’t resist. I do know what it’s like because Mom and Grandma used to put up stuff. Mom stopped for the same reason you did. The VA summer is better spent enjoying the beautiful countryside (loved the Skyline picture).

  2. Sara says:

    That was REALLY bad! (snicker, snicker)
    I’m finding that I like freezing produce better, and also making steam juice (we’ve made about 6 qts of wineberry juice.) It makes sense to me to do the actual jam & jelly making in the winter, when heating up the kitchen is a GOOD idea.