19835 Gavilan Rd
Lake Mathews (Perris), CA 92570
The best part of summer is the 3-4 weeks in which the vine ripened boysenberries are ready for harvest. There is nothing like sun ripened fruit from the vine; one taste spoils you for life.
The number of friends and family that visit repeatedly during berry season lets us know just how popular our boysenberries are. We’ve learned farm help is easy to find when the help can wander over to the berry vines to snack every couple of minutes.
We spent the winter transplanting 40 boysenberry plants to the back acre in anticipation of summer. It looks like the hard work paid off as most of the plants are showing new growth as we head into spring.
Our pick your own berry season will be a few short weeks in June/July, but check back in May for specific dates. These berries are a real treat and have been shared by our family for more than 50 years.
Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother used it as a horse drawn carriage. Maybe she was dieting or maybe she had food allergies. Either way, she missed this pumpkin’s purpose… eating!
The wife and I harvested the first of the eating pumpkins. The summer sun is ripening them faster than we can get them off the vine. Tonight we cooked one up and have banished canned pumpkin from the house forever (unless we can it ourselves).
When cut in half, the pumpkin emitted a sweet, fruity smell. We then baked it in the oven for an hour, softening the flesh. How we wished Fall were here, so the oven’s warmth was welcomed.
Once cooled, we scraped the flesh from the rind and pureed the pumpkin. We then followed a simple family pumpkin pie recipe and were delighted by the results.
Not only was the taste incredible, but the texture was light, smooth, and creamy. The pumpkin puree may look a little watery before cooking. However, once cooked the pie sets well and the water content is not an issue.
Of course, the neighbors will be delighted to visit and give us their opinion tomorrow. We planted seven eating varieties this year and look forward to the pie experiment with all of them. Then there will be the muffin experiment, pancakes, cheesecake….
Here are a few pages with instructions on preparing fresh pumpkins for cooking:
Here is a video we found helpful: