steve bossie

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Bangor, Memorial Day weekend is good for me. my daughter may come as well. ive never been to Fedco so that would be cool but I'm open to others suggestions.
3 months ago

Manda Bell wrote:Hahahah. Oh wow. We never would’ve moved here (or any other nowhere for that matter) if we had to commute. The last time we moved and worked outside the house we only considered homes within a 15-minute drive of the office. It limited our choices sure but oh man it was worth it. That’s usually the most time we can stand to waste in a car. Personal preference, I guess!

Since moving here though we are slowly getting used to shopping errands taking all day (despite our best efforts.. haha) 😃 No place is perfect but so far we absolutely love it here. Right now I’m enjoying my coffee while listening to birds and rain. A bear literally just strolled past the window as I was typing! We’ve never experienced anything like this place before. I mean, this is what we moved here for! I can’t even say how much we love it. Maine had exceeded all of our expectations. It’ll be even better when my planned food forest starts really coming together.

Who knows, perhaps after a few years here a few 2-hour away adventures won’t seem so cumbersome. Maybe?!

when you live in northern Aroostook your shortest drive to anything considered a decent sized town is at least 1.5hrs which is Presque ilse which is the closest Walmart. we order most things online which saves us time and fuel.
6 months ago

Blake Lenoir wrote: Where could we find wild frozen currents to help our chokeberries taste better in smoothies, yoghurts and stuff?

hard to find in the U.S. very easy to grow from cuttings. stick cutting in ground were you want it in fall just before the ground freezes, leaving 1 bud above ground. bury thickly in mulch. come spring remove mulch to 1in. around cutting . almost always will grow. sometimes getting some fruit by year 2.
7 months ago

Blake Lenoir wrote: Could currents help sweeten the taste with chokeberry and help make the flavor less sour and tart?

yes. just follow any black currant jam recipe and replace half with aronia. also, aronia used with dairy will remove astringency.
7 months ago

Nancy Reading wrote:I would say the juice is easy to make and very nutritious. A little goes a long way. It doesn't need extra sugar, it's not as astringent as the fruit, but can take a bit of diluting. Use apple juice to dilute with if you want it sweeter. The remaining pulp has lots of the nutrients in - the skins are packed with phytonutrients and can apparently be dried to make a tea.
I dried some whole berries in my lower (cool) oven. Maybe I over dried them, they are a bit crunchy now, but could probably be used in baking. The jam I made has turned out OK. Next time I will use less water and less sugar since it has turned out a bit insipid. Whilst it was cooking I took some of the jam out and used it as a sauce on our rice pudding and IT WAS DELICIOUS!!! (emphasis intended) it was quite honestly the most gorgeous tasting fruit I can remember having, like the full taste of cherries, plums, strawberries, raspberries all in one fruit. So I was a bit disappointed how bland the finished jam turned out. Obviously something is lost in the final boiling, so minimum cooking is the rule next time. Don't get me wrong, it was still a very nice jam, but not the "blow my socks off" flavour I was sort of expecting.
I may still have enough berries on the bushes to get another small batch if the birds permit, but I'm certainly going to propagate some more of my best bushes and maybe some more from seed. If I can get enough dotted round the field, maybe the birds will leave some more for me.

try using black currants 50-50 with aronia. makes a great jam. i make freezer jams.  birds dont touch aronia here. ive even left some on the bushes over winter for them. they just dried up.
7 months ago
birds dont touch them here. i let them hang until you get some juice on your hands when picking them. they are at their best then.
8 months ago

Manda Bell wrote:

come on Manda!  im 4.5 hrs from Clinton.

Seriously!? Are you insane? 😃 nope. where i live is the most remote northern most point in Maine. im 5.5hrs from Portland. its where Rt.1 starts. we are used to driving these distances being from here. i used to drive down there to icefish with some folks i met online.
9 months ago

Ra Kenworth wrote:

steve bossie wrote:cold hardy to at least z 4 thimble berry ... 3-4 small shoots , wrap the roots in wet newspaper and ship them to me

Did you ever get some? Of not I am pretty sure I can still find some berries clinging to last year's canes.

They take a while to establish from seeds but up side is at takes almost no work this way and you can always grow a biennial or short term perennial alongside to shelter them a bit while they are young

PM your address and i will mail you some in and envelope or anyone else for that matter

i did have some but they were very unproductive so i removed them. thanks though.
9 months ago

Manda Bell wrote:We’re 2 hours west of Bangor so probably couldn’t attend anything that far. Bummer.

come on Manda!  im 4.5 hrs from Clinton.
9 months ago

Christopher Weeks wrote:I live on Blackberry Lane, right on the line between 3b and 4a. The street is named for our most notorious weed -- a thorny Rubus bramble with black drupes that form late in the summer. The wild fruit are much smaller than that blackberries one can buy in the market and much sweeter than raspberries. I don't know if they're really blackberries, but that's what they're called locally. Our raspberry batch is just starting to blossom now with no sign of bud formation on the blackberry. I also have some thimbleberry, but it's so young that it has never blossomed, so I'm not sure of its characteristics, though the leaves are much more distinct than the other two.

they look like blackberries to me.
10 months ago