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About the farm from Rebecca, 12 yr old Farmer's Daughter

Hi, my name is Rebecca.  I am 12 years old.  I am the middle of five girls.  I am going to tell you about some wild things that grow on our farm.  One thing is wild plums they are so good!  But do not eat the seeds, each plum has one seed.  The best plums to eat are the bright red ones; don't eat the green ones, they are very sour.  Another thing we have at our farm is wild blackberries; they are red when they are not ready but the ones that are ready, are black.  You can make pies, cobblers and ice cream with them.  We have wild grapes; you can make juice with them and a lot of other things. :)>.

 

Following up on Rebecca's accounting of the wild forage on the farm.  We decided one year to make note of all of the things we found wild to eat on the farm.  We found cactus, both the leaf and the flower pod; wild onions; dandelion; acorns; pecans; grapes; plums; and some other green things in the field which our customers sometimes pick and eat but I look those things with a skeptical eye b/c I have never seed a triangular 3-D pod thing that you suck to get the water - ha, ha, ha - still a little city left in the girl - I will have to work on that.

 
  

Rebecca also forgot to mention how to pick the wild grapes - you need a ladder, long sleeves and long pants to keep the poison ivy, sumac, oak - whatever it is - off your skin; gloves to keep the tannin from the grapes from burning your hands; and a good pair of clippers to clip the bunches so they just fall into the bucket.  She also forgot to say that there are male grape vines and female grape vines - did you know that?  Only the female grape vines produce grapes. I did not know that!  Some vines are growing down in this gully of ours, we climb way down into the gully, you can't even see us once we are in there it is so deep, and it is like it's own world, tree canopies over your head with grape vines twining in the branches.  It is quite beautiful.  You discover all kinds of beautiful flowers, rocks and paw prints from the wild animals that traverse our property hidden from view for their safety.  I love to harvest the grapes down there, bring them back to the house, pluck them from the clusters (wearing rubber gloves to keep my fingerprints), and then cooking them down with honey to freeze as sweetened grape juice to mull in the winter with cinnamon and cloves.  Yum!

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12/29/2015 9:46:04 AM
Wild Plums and Mustang Grapes
I enjoyed reading Rebecca's blog about the wild things that grow on her farm. I am with her about the nice red plums being the best, but Mr. Tergerson prefers his on the green side. He likes his tart. (Those make me pucker.) He loves wild plum jelly and mustang grape juice as well as mustang grape jelly. I hope to get to make some for him and the girls this coming year.

Have a blessed day!
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