While the gardens are waiting to wake up from their winter nap, Spring is the best time of year for foraging in the yard for the first fresh edibles of the year. Many plants that are considered to be "weeds" are actually some of the most healthy foods you can put into or onto your body! Dandelions, plantains, violets, mushrooms, and more are waiting to thrill your palate.
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Where did summer go?!? It seems like just a month ago that I was planting the gardens. Now, everything is either winding down or coming into season. My freezers are already full, so I'll be doing a lot of long-term storage with our apples, pears, and peaches as they finish ripening. The potatoes, kohlrabi, beets, onions, and winter squash are saying "good-bye" to warm days and nights and saying "hello" to their new basement-storage home very soon, as well.
As I write this, I am currently inundated with Concord grapes. The vines we planted 6 years ago have gone insane and are heading for the neighbor's house. We're going to be pruning them back sharply this year to try to regain some sort of control. Meanwhile, I have so very many grapes. So, so, very many grapes. I've eaten them until my tongue has turned purple and numb. I've made pies, jelly, crumbles, compote... I'm now reduced to begging friends and neighbors to take the grapes and putting grapes in front of the house on a table for free. If you have Concord grapes, you know the seeds can be a challenge. Take a look at our basic tips for working with Concord grapes and making compote. Then, give our Concord grape crumble recipe a try!
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