This year as in years past, moms blueberry patch has blessed us with a bountiful harvest. Her 36 bushes have produced well more than we can use. Yesterday I made 6 pints of BB syrup, 9 pints of BB jam and 5 pints of reduced sugar BB jam. The bushes are still loaded with berries and we are hoping to get some rain in the next few days to help the rest of the berries get ripe. I am hoping to make some BB pie filling as well as some fruit leather yet. I was really surprised how well the fruit leather from last year kept. The batch mom made last fall (from frozen berries) was made with just blueberries and stevia. We stored it in a tupperware container and it is still delicious. If I hadn’t forgotten about it Im sure it would have been long gone by now.
Because mom and dads farm is on the market, this will likely be the last year we will be able to pick blueberries at home. So, we finally got motivated and put in our own berry patch this year. We planted 12 blueberries, 6 blackberries, 6 raspberries, 2 black currants, 2 red currants, 2 gooseberries, 12 grapes and an obscene number of strawberry plants. Heres a picture of my dear hubby working hard prepping the beds with some beautiful compost!