Archive for the 'preserving' Category

Bye bye, cherries

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

My favorite fruit is pretty much done for the year, alas. This time though – for the first time in 3 years – I managed to make it to the pick-your-own orchard for sour cherries before they were all gone.   Cherry almond sauce, sour cherry jam, pie filling, cherry syrup (in lovely flip-top bottles), […]

A taste of spring

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

We have strawberries, people! Boy, howdy do we have strawberries. When I made the big terrace on Backfill Hill two years ago, I ran out of Freecycled landscape blocks and was left with a fair bit of steep hillside. I planted a whole bunch of strawberries on the slope just as soil retention, not really expecting […]

Salsa time!

Monday, July 29th, 2013

What with the garden rendering hauls like this just about every other day… It was time to start up the canner! Those are only 1/4 of the tomatillos I got, and boy howdy, my jalapenos are going like gangbusters. I have no idea what I’ll do with them all – try to sell them, I […]

Home-canned beans into homestyle plátanos rellenos

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

I’ve been meaning to follow in OhioFarmGirl’s footsteps and can my own beans for quite a while now… two years in fact! And finally my chance came. I had nothing planned for the day, and black beans were on sale at the grocery store. I took a deep breath and jumped in. There are detailed […]

First crush

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

I’ve been remiss! I just realized I never posted about our winemaking endeavor; and it was begun in January. One would think I didn’t like wine that much! (One would be wrong.) It’s not wine from our own grapes, alas. Those, I can barely get to stay alive, much less produce fruit. This was a […]

First Christmas gifts in the making

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

The apple scrap vinegar I made using Jonathan apple scraps turned such a gorgeous color of fuschia pink – and smells so good and appley – that I couldn’t just keep it for myself. I have a dear friend that donates her fancy empty bottles, mason jars, and egg cartons to me – I always […]

120 cups, 60 pints, 30 quarts

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Of delicious red tomatoes. No, these are not my own tomatoes, alas. These are from the farm stand just down the road; because of last night’s frost warning they were culling all the tomatoes from the fields and they had 1/2 bushel baskets set out front, stacked on bleacher seats, “Seconds! Buy 2 get one […]

Apples! Sauced and vinegared.

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

It’s Fall, and for us that means Applesauce Time! With two kids we’ll go through it faster than ever. This year instead of going to a pick your own place we asked our local farmer if he had Jonathans (my favorite for applesauce and pies – I missed them SO MUCH last year!). He didn’t, […]

Bacon trois

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

I recently found out about a local farmer who delivers free-range, organic, pastured meats to a a little flower shop just five minutes away. And lo and behold, the same day that I picked up, we ran out of BACON! Tragedy averted – I bought 10 pounds of pork belly and we’ll have more bacon […]

Honey harvest

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

I spent this past Memorial Day collecting our first-ever honey harvest! Click the video link below to see an explanation of how it was done.