Old Timey Tuesday: The Damn It (!!) Edition

The 155th Portage County Randolph Fair starts today.  Two weeks ago I submitted my entry form and it included several no-pectin jams, my kick ass bread and butter pickles (no space in the jars! darn near perfect!), a bouquet of fresh cut zinnias, and some tomatoes, eggplant, and kale. I had really high hopes for my no-pectin blueberry. Had.

Here is me last year winning a blue ribbon for my no-pectin black raspberry jam.

Look at how happy I was. Not a care in the world….


Entries close at 8pm the night before the fair starts. At 7:45, as I was stirring a big ol’ pot of jam, I realized I forgot to take my entries up to the fairgrounds. I freaking forgot! I was too busy freakin’ jamming and it totally slipped my mind.

I know it is totally lame but I cried a little. Mike said, “You don’t need a blue ribbon to know your jam is good. It’s damn good! In fact, give me a taste of this stuff on the stove.” He made me feel a little better but not really.

And at 11pm when I took the last pints of tomatoes out of the canner I collapsed.

2013 me = exhaustion


I laid on my kitchen floor, cuddled with my cat, and cursed my piss poor memory. Oh well. As we’re inclined to say here in Northeast Ohio, “There’s always next year.”

About Barton Farms and Gardens

My husband and I are bringing an old family farm back to life while simultaneously working full-time jobs and raising two kids. It's a gas!
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