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We are all in the midst of winter! The rain has visited us with promise of more to come. No complaints from Erickson Ranch. The changing seasons provide those of us that farm the chance to prepare for the upcoming season. As each month presents itself to us we “go with the flow” so to speak. The winter gives us the time to enjoy a bit of down time, practice our citrus jellies, cook winter soups with the veggies in our garden and make needed repairs.

Clearing the Creek

The most needed repair once the rain stopped was to open Suisun Valley Creek as it flows past the ranch to prevent flooding.

I mentioned in the last blog that I would try the orange jelly. The oranges were absolutely wonderful but unfortunately the “orange” flavor didn’t come through as a jelly. If at first you don’t succeed try and try again. Our next experiment was to make jelly from our Morrow Blood Oranges. The result was a beautiful clear maroon color with a lovely flavor. Practice, practice and practice makes perfect.