The food preservation has already begun! We canned 10 1/2 pints of apricot jam, froze 7ish pounds of apricot halves, and are making more jam in the next day or two. The apricots came from West Orchards out of Macon, MO. We got to go pick apricots with one of the owners, Dan West, and had a wonderful time talking with him and getting to know another great food producer in the area. We highly recommend going out to see their orchard and eat their delicious fruit!
Dan also told us about some projects he’s researching like a parabolic solar still for fermenting and distilling the fallen fruit to produce ethanol that powers his mowers and machinery. Very interesting, amazing stuff happening!
You can visit them online at http://www.west-orchards.com/