Living the Country Life

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Currants are packed full of nutrients and an easy crop to grow in the home garden
Currants haven’t been a popular fruit in the home garden because in the past, black currants have been extremely susceptible to white pine blister rust. It doesn’t bother the currant...
Bad soil, no space, or little time for berries? No worries.
I’ve been growing raspberries in a container on my deck for several years. It’s a hardy, compact bush that puts out a few dozen berries. I just eat them right off the plant – if I...
The Perkinson family owns Flying Cloud Farm.
This North Carolina family is bringing flowers and fresh produce to the community.
Add some cranberry goodness to your next meal!
Take the family out on a mouth-watering berry-picking adventure
Wild berries grow all over the United States, ranging from raspberries and blueberries, to gooseberries and currants. Toss them into your mouth seconds after picking or bring them home to make jams,...
Honeyberries are extremely hardy, grow anywhere, and are good for your health
My dad is nuts about blueberries. My mom wanted to get him his own blueberry plants, but they wouldn’t have much luck growing them in the soil on their acreage. She got him some honeyberry...
Strawberry jam is delicious as is, but we have several variations that will make it even better!
  Prep: 40 minutes. Process: 5 minutes.  12 cups strawberries (3 quarts) 1 1.75-ounce package regular powdered fruit pectin 1/2 teaspoon butter 7 cups sugar 1. Place 1 cup of the...
This ruby-colored jam is as tasty as it is beautiful. Spread it over corn bread or a slice of angel food cake.
  Prep: 35 minutes Stand: 10 minutes + 24 hours 1 pound tart red cherries 1 cup mashed blueberries 4 cups sugar 1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel 1 1.75-ounce package regular...
Elderberries are known for their unusual flavor
Elderberries add a distinctive flavor in jams and jellies, wine, and pie. Some people even use them for medicinal purposes. They also make nice landscaping plants. Eric Stafne is an extension...
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Dad's latest venture on his Maryland farm is growing elderberries. This is not a pick-your-own crop like his strawberries and raspberries. Uncooked elderberries are astringent and inedible. They...