I like to forage regularly and preserve as much of my food as possible. Summer kicks me into overdrive on the homestead with honeybee hives needing tending, a garden to plant and care for, and fresh fruit that is rolling in like a tidal wave- fast, hard and heavy.
Unaware, or unconcearned about the busy schedule during the summer Mother Nature gives us such seasonal treasures as blackberries for example and they wait for no person to clear their schedule. So I find myself in a week where peaches are ready, apples are ripe, the honey needs to be extracted and oh, by the way all these blackberries are screaming to be plucked off the canes and made into pie filling and jams. Instead of being overwhelmed by it though, I just freeze what I can and get to it later this fall or winter.