The red currents are ready to harvest in my garden, I'll make jelly with both the red and black currents.
A yearly ritual on our farm is to make some black current juice at harvest time, it's a delicacy that only happens once a year, and is a highly nutritious energy drink.
We are in our abundant time of harvest, so many berries are ripening and need to be picked and processed.
Hinnomaki Red gooseberry bush, ready to harvest, I have 3 varieties of gooseberry, and love the taste of them all. The skin is tart and the inside sweet. We're still getting a smallish harvest and may just eat out of hand this year. They are delicious cut up in salads too.
Above is an Autumn Brilliance service berry, there won't be enough berries this year to do very much with, so I'll most likely use them in a small pint of juice.
I have 2 different types of strawberry bushes, Benton is a June bearing strawberry, that starts getting ripe around mid July. With Benton, we have have 3 to 4 weeks of strawberry abundance, not a day goes by that we're not out there picking. The other variety I have is Tri-Star, an everberring type, that will go on after the July harvest, and then produce the rest of the way through summer and Fall and to the first frost.
I'm also growing a few other berries, Aronia, Pinapple strawberry, and several more varieties of gooseberries and service berry bushes. I took cuttings in the Spring, and will multiply the berry bushes through propagation, that way we'll have more plants to get a good harvest from each berry variety.
Berry bushes take a couple years to get into great production, but they will still produce a little even the first year, more the second year, and the third year on you will have a good harvest. They should be one of the first fruits planted on a new homestead. Be sure to add some compost every year, and protect them from the deer, and you will have years of fresh organic fruit to eat, can and freeze.