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Planting For The Future – An Orchard

I am having a nagging feeling that just won’t leave me alone. I’m sure you know the kind. It just keeps popping into your head making you feel guilty. I am wanting to make a difference with our food choices. I feel like I’m not doing enough and should be doing more. Have you ever felt like that?

We already have great meat, milk and eggs but I’m feeling disturbed that much of my fruit is shipped in from various sources (bananas from Hawaii, blueberries from Canada, etc). I’m feeling there is a discrepancy between our selling local proteins and buying foreign fruits. It doesn’t feel right.

Now, I love bananas as much as the next person and I will probably still buy them for a while yet. However, I envision if I had plenty of other fruits to choose from I would certainly buy them less often or not at all. I use the same philosophy when talking to customers about changing their diets. I suggest adding in new favorites rather than swearing off all the old ones. The transition is a smooth one over time rather than a cold turkey stressful one.

With that in mind, I am planting an orchard and berry patch. As the fruits come into bearing I will buy fewer fruits from far away. I think it is a good plan. I feel the nagging pressure leaving. Five months of fresh fruit! If you include the rhubarb and cranberries it is seven months of fresh fruit. That is exciting!

Or perhaps exhausting if you consider the workload. Many of you are aware of my health issues. For a quick update I can say I am the best I have been in five years. I still do not have stamina but I am definitely on the road of recovery. It is amazing but I have been getting plenty of exercise lately digging holes and planting trees and bushes. Hard to believe I can even do it.

What am I planting?

  1. Apple
  2. Apricot
  3. Asian Pear
  4. Asparagus
  5. Blackberry
  6. Blueberry
  7. Boysenberry
  8. Cherry
  9. Cranberry
  10. Elderberry
  11. Gooseberry
  12. Grape
  13. Kiwi
  14. Lingonberry
  15. Loganberry
  16. Nectarine
  17. Peach
  18. Pear
  19. Plum
  20. Raspberry
  21. Rhubarb
  22. Strawberry
  23. and a few others

What will I do with all that fruit?

First, I plan to put as much into my belly as I can, then I will can, freeze, dehydrate, sauce, jelly, jam, juice, cider, etc as much as my family needs. Secondly, I plan to offer a U-Pick operation so you can can, freeze, dehydrate, sauce, jelly, jam, juice, cider, etc as much as your family needs. Third, assuming we can put the money and together to build an inspected kitchen, I would like to can, freeze, dehydrate, sauce, jelly, jam, juice, cider, etc on a large scale for all of you who are not able to. Imagine fruits never sprayed with poisons! Awesome! Yum! I’m drooling already.

What about you? Are you drooling, too? I hope this has gotten your mind percolating. I wish to inspire you to consider adding in a few fruits in your yards too. I love the idea of tree-ripened fruits just outside my doorstep. I love the whole self-sufficiency part, too. It feels empowering.


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