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Making cider

Picked apples yesterday. Today I went to a friends house and we made cider all morning. This is my first time making cider. It was really easy, and so fun. His cider mill is beautiful and worked really well. We made about 28 Gallons. Enough for both of us to freeze, drink and ferment. It was really good cider and was a great morning…… I hope to do cider every season till I am too old to do it.


Went out for ramps and nettles but tried a new area and struck out. I did find a couple other early spring edibles.

Purple trillium – A lot of people eat the leaves as a spinach substitute. I prefer nettles and never pick trillium. Mostly because I think they are beautiful, but also because they are not terribly abundant they might even be protected. Regardless I just like looking at them. I guess I should also add that they were a common traditional birth tonic. Like most herbal medicines, color conditions and preparation really effect dosage. I would love to learn more about discerning the potency of herbs…

Marsh marigold – I know a lot of people who love these as a spinach substitute. I do not, again I prefer nettles. You have to boil and rinse these several times to prep them. I’m too lazy. They are also a traditional medicinal, a tincture was used for anemia and a handful of other ailments. I am skeptical of the medical uses on this one, but they are a really abundant early green and if I was living 100 years ago they would have been a life saver.

Springs of the past

I looked back at the last few years to see when the first real mushroom blooms were in my area. I am anxiously waiting for this years. I plan to go out this weekend and get Ramps and Nettles, but I really want some oyster mushrooms. Here are the picks from the last few years. (No specific order)

2011 First bloom was April 10th
2012 First bloom was March 31st
2013 First bloom was May 15th I think? I do not have a dated pic till the 29th
2014 May 10th