Saturday, September 12, 2009
The past few days my life has been dominated by plums. The little tree in our back yard has outdone itself this year and produced, I swear, about 500 pounds of Italian plums. Last year we had only about six plums, but this year we are completely overwhelmed.
I do love to use and share produce so I've been trying to keep up with picking, giving away and preserving this year's crop. If you have a plum tree you'll know that once they're ripe they don't last very long so it's crucial to act fast. Yesterday my friend Joan and I picked three big boxes that she took away to share with friends.
Today Harry picked several more and so this afternoon I made two batches of plum jam and tonight two batches of chutney.
It's been a push, but what a treat to see those lovely purple jars lined up. They're good for giving away as little gifts and also for reminding us of the sunny fall days when we eat it in the winter.
And yes, there are still lots of bags of plums waiting to be given away or made into plum cake. I think I'll be busy tomorrow as well. Harvest time keeps us on our toes. Now I think I'll head off for a well-deserved sleep. What do you do for harvest time?