Along the roads near the farm there are often wild fruit trees. The main types we have seen are apples and peaches. On our way home from town recently, we stopped and jumped out near a huge peach tree, and filled a few green shopping bags with peaches. None were quite ripe, but when we got home I stuck an old banana in the bag with them, and 2 days later, we had more peaches than we knew what to do with.
They weren’t all perfect like the peaches you find in the supermarket, but they were great for cooking up.
I stewed them all, then used some to make a peach crumble, whilst I put the rest in the freezer for later.
I love the fact that we are trying to preserve a lot of food for later in the year. I love the fact that we can find beautiful peaches growing on the side of the road. And I love that we are becoming more self sufficient.
So far we have put into the freezer apples, blackberries, mulberries, peaches, zucchini and spinach. I have also made sundried tomatoes, blackberry vinegar, blackberry sauce, and zucchini cakes (which are also in the freezer). I haven’t bought any vegetables or eggs for a month now. All I need now is a bigger freezer, so we can put one of the pigs into it…
I may make it as a farmers wife yet!