Over the course of the past couple of weeks, the raspberries have been coming on. I wasn’t getting my hopes up after last year.
Last year, I don’t think we ever got a full pint in any one picking, and I am pretty thorough (I have the scratches on my arms and legs to prove it). So, I wasn’t holding my breath on this year being any better.
So far, I have been mildly surprised, and happy at what I an seeing. Unless some freak weird thing happens, and we get no more raspberries, I should get a few more batches of Jam this year.
Two years ago I was able to make eight batches of jam with the amount of raspberries our bushes produced, the year before that we got several batches of jam as well.
While ai am not holding out to get eight batches like I did two summers ago, if I could get four to six batches this summer, I would be happy.
At this rate, besides a bit of water every so often, the berries are free, as we have had the bushes long enough that they have more than paid for themselves in fruit. In making jam, the only things we actually have to buy are: pectin, lemon juice (if we need more), sugar and corn syrup. In comparison to the cost of fruit, the other ingredients for jam are super cheap. The time and energy to pick berries and make jam is more than worth it, because the final product is better and I have the piece of mind knowing where the berries came from, who picked them, and the conditions they were in until jam could be made.