Tuesday, August 10, 2010
What I've been up to this summer
Let me tell you something I learned this summer. There are literally dozens of fruit trees in the city where I live. They are growing in people's back, front and side yards. And most of them are over producing this season due to large spells of heavy rain and hot humid temperatures. Wanna know why this is important? Most of these people.... don't even PICK the fruit from them. So, I have been picking fruit all summer and putting it up in jars.
Jams, jellies, preserves, fruit butters and pie fillings have emerged from my humble kitchen in record numbers. And I have enjoyed every minute of it. I've also put up a couple of jars of pickled peppers and am going to be making marinara sauce this evening.
I also became a member of my local farmer's market. I bring all my wares, jewelry included, down to the local market every Saturday morning from 7am-noon and have made some extra $$$ selling things. Anywhere from leftover produce I could not get put up in time to the canned goods I've been turning out lightning fast.
I will be blogging in more depth about these things in my upcoming entries. Keep you eyes here for more information about canning, preserving and the sometimes ellusive and coveted Kansas Sandhill Plum.
Are you curious now? Good!