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Mulberry Season

We've got a number of mulberry trees in our yard, and over the past couple of years I've been making mulberry jam and mulberry syrup (which is, to be honest, failed jam that didn't get enough pectin to gel right; but it makes a wonderful topping for vanilla ice cream or pancakes -- in fact, I think I like it better than the jam).

When we moved into our house in 2001, Xcel came out right before the closing and hacked down all the plants along our eastern property line (where their power lines run back from the street). A new generation of plants has since grown up, including several mulberries, which are now bearing fruit. Adding their output to that of the much older mulberries in our back yard, and this year looks like a record harvest! As usual, the birds and other critters will be getting the bulk of it, but I went out this morning to make sure Michelle and I got our modest share before the summer gets too busy.


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