Our own patches of Elderberry plants have been very productive this year. The branches have been drooping under the weight of the berries. So it's now time to make Elderberry preserves, pies and whatever else comes to mind.
|The Elderberry branches are drooping under the weight of their berries.|
The best thing about these plants is that they pretty much grow "wild" or in a permaculture state. The only thing we need to do to care for them is to take down the invasive bushes, brushes and saplings like our "nemesis" the dreaded Manitoba Maple or Boxelder.
Elsewhere on the farm, we are finally making some headway in generating organic Apples. This has proven to be a tough thing to achieve. Although we're not quite there yet, this year's Apples are starting to look a lot better. The key so far is a combination of an organic soap spray and protectve "socks" (as we've reported on last year).
|A couple of the better Apples produced to date.|
|Crushing and juicing our Apples to produce our first Ridge Berry hard cider.|
We have been hosting quite a few special occasions in our small restaurant. Mostly "showers" of one kind or another. Typicaly we work on a "spread" based on our High Tea menu.
|A recent Tea Room High Tea "spread" for a shower.|
We've been working on some "prototypes" and we expect that by the end of the month, we'll be able to post a picture of our first piece montee for a very special occasion.....so please "stay tuned". Certainly this is something that very few offer in Niagara.
|Prototyping or first "piece montee".....we have the blistered fingers to prove it!|