This was a beautiful weekend. Filled with duck hunting, wild grape harvesting and apple picking, along with just pure enjoyment of the beautiful sun filled days. I am known for my wild grape and field spider jelly which I have neglected to make for a few years, so when I saw the tremendous quantity of grapes on the vines I felt obligated to make jelly. I was wondering, trying to jog my memory of how I came up with the name, until I started cleaning the grapes. I had forgotten how many types of spiders make there homes within these lush grouping of grapes. If I had been thinking I would have photographed each one as I cleaned and latter catergorized them, but if you have ever cleaned wild grapes you just want to get through. These wild grapes signify how easy it is to add a bit of sustainablity to our lives. I could have drove by and bought jelly much cheaper but by standing near the lake listening to the water hit the rocks as I picked, carefully cleaning each grape, and noticing how these grapes are food for many species and homes for others, I became more connected to this place I call home.
So if you are interested here is a jelly reciepe for sustainablity: Wild Grape and Field Spider Jelly
Spider Lesson plans: Interview with a spider.pdf
Spider Information for teachers