Saturday, July 25, 2009
It's Raining Plums!
We've been busy harvesting lots of plums since June. I am amazed by all the varieties that grow in Berkeley.
Some are Santa Rosa Plums, others Italian Plums, and many are as small as cherries but I dont know what they are called.
Most are sweet. Good for poppin' right in your mouth, making jams, or even popsicles!
My son and I made plum-lime popsicles which were delicious and easy to make: we just smashed a bunch of plums using a lemon squeezer, added some lime juice and froze 'em up. Voila!
Only problem was ... plums work like prunes on the digestive system, so if you dont want a natural cleanse (!), dilute with water before freezing.
Apples & Pears coming next!
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Today we harvested grapefruits and lemons from Albany, CA.
Part of what is so wonderful about harvesting fruit is to discover the connections unfold.
We were very lucky to have about a dozen volunteers, yoga students of Naushon Kabat-Zinn
As I understand it, being of service to your community is considered a significant part of one's spiritual practice,
an essential partner in developing mindfulness, along with yoga and meditation.
I was mindful of how wonderful and giving people really are, how willing humans are to be of help, and how fun it all is.
The trees were very thankful as well it seemed, relieved of their fruit and also pruned, they looked as if they had gotten a make-over.
The fruits will be donated to several Berkeley homeless shelter and the Berkeley public schools organic lunch program.
Many thanks to all who participated.