Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Raspberry Jam

2011 has been a productive year for our raspberry bushes.  In fact, it is the most consistent producer we have each year.  This makes me wonder if I should add more bushes next year.  If anyone grows brambles that work well in the Chicago area, let me know.  I'll probably add at least one variety to our garden next year.

This year we made three raspberry crisps, eight half pint jars of jam, and ate countless more right off the canes.  We also had an Oktoberfest party last week, and the bushes kept a dozen kids occupied for about three hours.  When they went home, I bet they pooped a raspberry.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Raspberry Crisp

We've been picking about three cups of these every two days.  It's more than enough to make about three raspberry crisps every week.  I don't know what eating that many crisps is going to do for my health, but I have sure been enjoying this years harvest.

About 7 years ago, I bought one heritage raspberry bush for $12.95 from our local garden center.  Since then, I have split it numerous times and let it spread to two 8 foot long and 3 foot wide hedges.  Most years, we have gathered about 15-18 pounds of fruit.  If you live where raspberries grow wild, you might be able to pick a handful here and there.  But nothing beats the production and enjoyment of these!