|Raspberries are forming . . . WAY more than last year.|
|I can't believe we have grapes, I feel so Mediterranean!|
|I actually found a few pink strawberries outside while gardening today; we'll be eating strawberries in May!|
And this family is not too strict. We buy frozen and shipped fruit over the winter. We were especially not too strict this past winter, since I had a baby in July (thereby missing the berry and peach storage--except for some strawberries a very pregnant woman managed to freeze). This winter I hope to be better equipped. My mother-in-law is hoping to teach me her fig preserve recipes (if they're ripe in time for my July visit to South Carolina) and thinks there might be some pears I could harvest off of a tree on my visit (I can see the battle with my husband as he loads the car for our return trip now). But I digress . . .
When the rhubarb is full and elephant-leafed in the garden right near a new fig tree, a grape vine actually sporting grapes, strawberries, and black raspberry canes completely covered in raspberries . . . I feel blessed. When I'm actually eating this fruit, I may be giddy.
Next year I think I'm planting a few gooseberry plants . . .