Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hooray for that time of the year again.

That time of the year when my trips to the supermarket are reduced, I don't have to spend too much time thinking about what the kids can have for 'fruit break' because I can just send them out to the garden.
These are the early cherries and the ladder is a permanent fixture there at the moment.

The strawberries have just started and are loaded this year.

Mulberry time as well.
And the apricots, peaches and apples are coming along nicely- still abit of a way off.
The veggie department isn't too bad either:

The rows are: potatoes, quince trees (for next years fruit tree season), onions, cherry trees (likewise) and broccoli. 
That's the paddock where business and pleasure meet!

I love artichokes to eat, and think they are beautiful ornamentals in the garden. Preparing them though, still is a major challenge for me- seems like a lot of faffing around needed- I sit outside with a bucket with either lemon juice or vinegar and cut them and trim them- put them straight in the bucket (because that's what I read to do- I think it must stop them going black), then steam them and serve with olive oil, balsamic and salt. I don't do it very often and am open to suggestions about artichoke preparation.
Asparagus, on the other hand, which I don't have a photo of- well, it doesn't get much simpler- minimal effort- big result. I am biased- asparagus is my favourite veggie.
I should add- Mr. Apple has full credit for all this amazing produce we are now enjoying. I do nothing except herbs, and 'leafy greens', the occasional pick and a lot of food preparation.
We really do appreciate it.


  1. My mouth is watering ;). Can I come and pick some cherries? I'm from THE cherry region in Switzerland, but have not been home at the time when they are ripe, for ages! And your berries look yummy too!

  2. So amazing!

    I love artichokes too, but never prepare them due to the hassles. And asparagus is a major fave here too!

    Enjoy your beautiful bounty.

  3. I want to live at YOUR house.... :)

  4. YAY! Cherries!!! Lucky lucky you!

    What do you cook with your artichokes? We have so many growing here at our place at the moment but short on ideas...

  5. You're so lucky being able to produce such great food! My place only has room for strawberries and herbs :(


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