The last month has been busy on the farm, but this last week has been crazy busy. This Labor Day weekend was spent laboring all right. We have a ton (I think literally) of dragon fruit. We took a bunch to market in town, have dried a bunch, froze some, gifted to friends (and friends of friends), and made liqueur with it as well. It’s the first time I’ve ever made liqueur out of dragon fruit, but my bestie had a large bottle of Vodka (Costco size bottle) and suggested I make some liqueur. It’s sitting in the pantry along with some jars of calamansi liqueur waiting until Christmas to process.
It’s been a hot, super dry summer. Perfect weather for dragon fruit. We’ve grown some really large ones, and have more of the purple variety as well. Even the purple ones which are typically really small are larger this year.
The coffee cherry is ripening as well. We picked about 15 gallons this weekend. Because it’s been so hot, we started picking at about 5:00 p.m. when the temperature was a bit cooler and we had a slight trade wind. But that was only one field, so the next day, we got up early while it was still cool, and picked for 5 hours. UGH. We were just happy to finish … until next week! So begins the season.
We’ve got the coffee drying in our dry box. It’s so hot in there, it should be ready in no time.
The hubby and I are off to a short vacay in Seattle to visit family and do a little salmon fishing. Our son is taking care of business here while we’re gone. It’s a lot of work solo, so we’re grateful he’s willing to step in and help us out. When we get back, we’ll be knee deep in ripe avocados and mangoes! I’m so looking forward to this little break, but am also looking forward to some nice juicy mangoes when we get back!
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