I had to start with this fish-eye view of Elizabeth in one of the flower fields. Makes me feel like I’m somewhere other, like Scandanavia. I don’t even know if they have sunflowers and marigolds there, but in my mind, it is a place that is very orderly yet magical.
OK. Now that I have that off my chest, on to the Elderberries. Here is lots of information about their medicinal benefits, which are mighty! They grow all over the place so you could collect them yourself, if so inclined. Here is our Elderberry Tree – These flowers are just starting to turn purple. Helen harvests them while they are still white and turns them into a delicious and healthy syrup by soaking them for four days in a pot. She does this every year. Helen is from Austria, where many people harvest their elderberries. Here is her recipe, as written down by Elizabeth:
And now, for some other Friday shots from my day at the farm:
The flowers were so bountiful yesterday that Elizabeth had her hands full making bouquets with Helen. So I got to clean the eggs, which I loved. I love cleaning them maybe in contrast to how much I hate collecting them. I can NOT mess with a brooding mama hen and steal her eggs out from under! Just can not. So I got Gillen to help with that part. I guess I’m too city, still. But I can make a mean cucumber salad with these:
It’s actually Helen’s recipe. You just peel them, slice them really thin (I use a mandolin) and then mix them up with lots of sour cream, apple cider vinegar, some olive oil, dulce (shakeable kind of seaweed seasoning) and salt. Yum.