I would say that currants fall under the Four Star rating.
That said, this year was the most abundant harvest of all the five years I've had my red and black currant bushes. The currants were as large as gooseberries (another Four Star rating).
|That is NOT a gooseberry on the right.|
Thursday evening I came home and, in the midst of evening chores (as in wading through the dogs and cat while preparing evening chow), I stepped in a puddle of water that had pooled from the bottom of the fridge. It was the first time ever that I actually hoped it was dog pee. Alas and alack, the old fridge is on its way out. Instead of tackling The List first thing Saturday, I was out the door and in the appliance section of Home Depot early in the morning. It's rather shocking, how expensive these things are. I inherited a side-by-side, which I dislike intensely. I had really hoped for a fridge up, freezer drawer down, but since I will be leaving the fridge when I eventually move, I opted to scale down to the basics.
Speaking of refrigerators, mine is struggling with the seasonal load:
|Sorry for the dark photo - I have|
two bins on the bottom and the last
shelf is dedicated to duck eggs.
The new fridge will be delivered at some point Friday - I await my four hour designated window of time. This drives the office crazy, as I don't know if I'll be in the office in the morning, afternoon or at all. This also means that I will be working my way through the flotsam and jetsam that has accumulated over the year(s) and making some interesting meals. Such as Sunday's:
|Frozen mashed potatoes.|
|Ahi tuna steaks|
|First handful of beans from the garden!|
Speaking of blueberries, in my effort to sort out and find room for the fridge freezer contents, I discovered a gallon bag of last year's blueberries! Yikes! I am due to do my annual picking soon, so the Barn Crew got Blueberry Cake for breakfast.
|It was a hit!|