Posts Tagged ‘canning’

I just harvested half of what will likely be our last big harvest of the season for Roma tomatoes. They’re perfectly ripe and ready for canning or the sauce pan! I’m reducing the price to $1.50/lb because I have so much, and I don’t want them to go to waste! Please let me know if  you’d like some!

There’s also been a few additions to the “For Sale” page.

Thanks for checking in!

-Linde

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No CSA pictures this week. We took the week off. Not because we didn’t have vegetables, but because we were out-of-town, and our customers opted to take the week off. Perhaps zucchini and squash overload?! We still have lots of both, but the tomatoes and peppers are really coming on strong. And I’m slowly harvesting the rest of the potatoes. The cucumbers are pretty much done for the season, I think because it’s just been so dry, but we had a great harvest. The tassels and silks are on the corn and are a beautiful red. Our pie pumpkin and acorn squash are ready to harvest, and I just can’t believe it! August 1st already! Time sure does fly when you’re having fun.

Anyway, back to my original train of thought….We went to Pennsylvania this weekend to visit my family.  We returned home with full hearts, and a full trunk! I inherited a lot of things this weekend from my family, and I wanted to share some farm related things here.

My Aunt Beanie (a regular commenter here on the blog!) had a party, and it was lovely. She served her drinks in chilled pint Ball jars (Clever!) and encouraged guests to take them home as souvenirs. Knowing that I can, she offered me the extras! While on our way home from her place, we found a farm stand selling peaches grown in the orchard immediately behind it. Doesn’t get much more local than that. So, thanks to Aunt Beanie we have:

9-pints of the sweetest home canned peaches ever! Thanks, Aunt Beanie!

Then, we saw my cousin Heather, a faithful reader of this blog. And she said, “I got you something that reminded me of you and Rich.”

They’re little Farmer Rich and Farmer Linde car decals. How cute! Thanks for thinking of us, Heather!

And last, but certainly not least, my parents surprised us with an early anniversary gift. Are you ready for it?!

My mom cut and painted, and my dad varnished and assembled our very own farm sign! Isn’t it beautiful! Go ahead and click on the picture to get a better view. We just love it. Thank you, Mom and Dad! Now we have to find the perfect spot to hang it.

On top of all these wonderful things, my Nana gave me a gallon bag full of locally grown blueberries (amongst other things!), so Farmer Rich is requesting jam. My Pap gave us so many things, I can’t possibly list them all. But the most farm-related is a cart that he found that we’ll be able to build our chicken tractor on, and move easily around the garden. He kept it just for that!

We’re overwhelmed with the generosity, love, and support we get from our family, so we just wanted to take a moment and send a big thanks to all of you who root for our success and happiness everyday, and support us in all kinds of ways, big and small. You know who you are. 🙂

-Linde and Rich

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Fresh from the pressure canner. (That’s salt on the jars–they’re still hot!) These are yellow and green string beans. There was purple, but they turn green when they’re cooked!

The roma tomatoes are really starting to turn, so I anticipate having canning pictures of tomatoes and spaghetti sauce next week!

-Linde

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Well, I didn’t sleep well, as expected. I flip-flop between extreme excitement that we’ve been selected by the USDA for high tunnel funding. It makes me feel like my dreams are becoming a reality to not just me, but the rest of the world too! Then, my feelings are dashed when I think about the city meeting. I have a sinking feeling that they’re going to say 2,100 sq feet is just too large. It is big, but what an impact it would have on our farm! I’m hoping that the worst outcome is that they say we can have it, it will just have to be smaller.

Anyway, back to the story. I didn’t sleep well. I’m not sure I even slept at all. So, what’s the best remedy for sleeplessness?

ZUCCHINI SALSA OF COURSE!

I was in zucchini OVERLOAD this week, so when I ran across this recipe, I figured I’d give it a try. I’ll be honest… It’s delicious! I call this version the “Hot Zucchini Salsa” because at the recommendation of Farmer Rich, I threw in a jar of jalapenos. (We don’t have any yet.) It’s a little hotter than I’d like it, but it is so good, the heat didn’t really slow me down when “sampling” half a jar. I have the full recipe for you on the “Recipes From the Farm” page. I encourage you to give it a try!

And to round out this crazy post, I just wanted to show you some other new things around the farm:

We got our first ripe tomato! And Farmer Rich promptly ate it.

Then I noticed we had a cantaloupe growing! I don’t even know how I missed it!

Looks like we actually had two, but something was obviously more observant than I.

And, just because they’re my favorites:

-Linde

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Our first cucumber harvest gave us 8 pints of dill pickles made with fresh dill, and cured garlic, right from our own garden! I have a feeling these are going to be delicious!

Tomorrow, I’ll be canning about 10 pints of zucchini salsa, YUM!

-Linde

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