Thursday, July 1, 2021

The Orchard - Summer 2021

With the cold winter freezes, and especially with the artic blast week we had, we were hoping for some fruit from the orchard this year. Now, even with freezes typically playing a part of a good fruit harvest, we believe these things still only come about if the Lord grants them out of His graciousness.

And, accordingly to that, He has decided to do so, and we are very thankful!

Here's a recent look at the orchard itself:
Orchard 2021
More of Orchard 2021

This is a pecan tree in the background, and you can get the size perspective with the fencing and goats. I believe this one even grew back from the root!
Pecan Tree 2021

And here's most of the rest of the pecan tree line:
Pecan Tree Line 2021

Here's a peach tree loaded with yummy goodnesses!
Peach Tree 2021
Peaches on Tree 2021

And then picked:
Picked Peaches 2021

We made a solar food dehydrator quite a few years back, and it's still working pretty well, despite some cracks in the plexiglass, the big ones I believe coming from young goats jumping off the dryer! :)

And here it is with the fruit drying or about to start drying:
2021 Fruit on Solar Food Dehydrator
More 2021 Fruit on Solar Food Dehydrator
Still More 2021 Fruit on Solar Food Dehydrator

We rarely get apricots, but this year God granted a whole bunch, and here are some dried ones. They may not look like much, but fruit with the water gone condenses its natural sugars, so they taste great!
2021 Dried Apricots

And here is the collection of dried tasty morsels the Lord has granted so far:
2021 Dried Fruit

Once again, we are always thankful to God for granting food off the land, coming from His direct hand of providence!

-- David

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