Stella Otto: The Backyard Fruit Gardener

Today's Tip: Mow vegetation short around the base of fruit trees and bushes to reduce winter habitat for rodents.

Category Archives: Harvest tips & recipes

Strawberry Harvest Send-off

Strawberry Freeze. Light & refreshing!

Sadly, we’ve fin­ished pick­ing straw­ber­ries until next year. As our first real sum­mer fruit, they are always awaited with great antic­i­pa­tion and we go over­board eat­ing them while we can.  With much help from my daugh­ter, the maker of lus­cious sweet con­coc­tions, we wrapped up the har­vested joy with a bang. Straw­berry Mousse Cheese­cake First we enjoyed […]

Freezing the Berry Harvest in Six Quick, Easy Steps

picking ripe strawberries

Well, it’s nor­mally sup­posed to be near­ing the start of cherry har­vest here in the “Cherry Capi­tol of the World” but due to the extended win­ter we are just get­ting into the thick of straw­berry pick­ing. My apolo­gies for being slightly late with this week’s post, but the straw­ber­ries are com­ing on like gang-busters—big, beautiful, […]

Rhubarb — The Fruit Garden’s First Tasty Treat of Spring

Fresh-picked rhubarb, rhubarb pie

I know, I know really rhubarb is a veg­etable not a fruit. Yet it is often planted as part of the fruit gar­den; per­haps it’s the peren­nial nature of it. As a kid I used to steer clear of the very tart rhubarb sauce my mother used to rel­ish. It wasn’t until adult­hood that I […]

Apple-licious Cream Cheese Bars

Apple-ious Cream Cheese Bars Hot Out of the Oven

As I wrote in a ear­lier post, I had a great time at a friend’s Cider Press­ing Party/Potluck. One of the other party goers brought a deca­dent but sim­ple dessert that was hard not to take sec­onds (or thirds.) I got think­ing later how much fun it would be to try it with fall fruit […]

Bananas and Apples and Pears, Oh My!

Here is a great recipe for a fall evening when the days are get­ting short and din­ner needs a pick-me-up. This ver­sa­tile dish can be served as a side dish or a dessert. Take your pick. Fruit Fan­ta­sia 3 Tbsp. but­ter 1/3 cup brown sugar 1 tsp. lemon juice ½ tsp. cin­na­mon 1/4 tsp. all­spice 1 […]

Picking Pears & Making Pear Bread

Pears are one of the few fruit that should actu­ally be har­vested before the fruit is fully ripe on the tree. If you leave the fruit hang­ing on the tree too long, it will start to break­down and brown at the core and develop an off fla­vor. So be sure to pick your pears when […]

Recipe for a Fall Fruit Harvest

Black­ber­ries seem to be the fruit that bridges the har­vest from the end of sum­mer to the entrance of fall. It’s always tempt­ing to pick these glis­ten­ing dark jew­els before they are quite ripe. Their bright shiny appear­ance and large size just calls out to be plucked. Of course you can pick them, but they […]