Monday, September 10, 2018

The Orchard - Summer 2018

The Lord has graciously continued the 2018 orchard bounty through Summer, with mostly nectarines and pears!

Looking good!

Nectarines


God's gracious bounty!

Buckets of Fruit


Ripening...

Nectarines Ripening

Pears Ripening


And then cut up ready for the solar food drier:

Fruit Pieces


Here they are on the dehydrator:

Fruit Pieces on Solar Food Dehydrator


And showing dried vs. new. Sue did a great job of monitoring this and getting them off the drier before they were too far done...good job, Honey! :D

Dried vs. New Fruit Pieces on Solar Food Dehydrator


These things taste great...it's tough to stop eating them! :D

Dried Fruit in Jars


God was so gracious, we had to pressure can some of the fruit to keep up. And with the pears, because their ripening schedule is difficult to guess (they don't ripen on the tree, and the ripe period of time is a small window and hard to detect), we just canned them as well.


In a more sad note, we lost probably our biggest tree that had lots of peaches on it, but in God's plan, it was time for it to be done. Like last time, it'll go to firewood:

Dead Peach Tree


But, we are so very grateful to the Lord for granting these provisions directly off of the land! It is always our prayer that we bear much spiritual fruit by abiding in Christ deriving nourishment from Him for His graces to grow in us and outwardly for His glory!

-- David

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