I just realized I haven’t blogged in a while. Here is what I’ve been up to (in a nutshell).
The fruit season is coming to an end here in Northeastern Ohio. You can still find some red raspberries and maybe a couple peaches but those too will soon be done. Of course apples are in full swing but I don’t jam them so they don’t concern me.
In addition, I’ve reached that point in the season when I am no longer excited to bring home 2 or 3 pecks of fruit at a time. Nope. That time has passed. But no worries jam lovers! I freeze like a mad woman throughout the summer and I’d estimate I have about 120-150lbs of fruit in my freezer. Ha!
Exhibit A – The Triple Threat returns!
I grabbed some frozen strawberries, red raspberries, and black raspberries outta the freezer and whipped up a batch of The Triple Threat. It’s so good. It reminds me of summer as we slip in to fall. Come pick some up this weekend at the market.
Last week a friend asked me to come over and help her butcher some chickens. I said sure. As a thank you I came home with two plucked birds, one of which I roasted for an absolutely perfect dinner.
Look at this gem!
I rubbed the skin with soft butter and then seasoned liberally with salt and pepper. That’s it. I roasted it in a 450 degree oven and then we feasted! I later used the carcass to make a stock which along with the leftover chicken became chicken noodle soup. Mmm….
We had a goat injury!! We noticed that poor Alobar was limping or barely using his front right leg at all. So we called the vet. Dr. Alger didn’t see anything weird – no infection of pus or anything gross and he said it was likely just a sprain. He fitted him with a PVC cast and gave us some pain meds.
Two weeks later Mike removed the cast.
We picked the garden clean of peppers (except bells and jalapenos) and we pickled them.
My sweet/hots are killer!
Mike also picked a couple of our super hot peppers including several Lemon Drop peppers aka Peruvian Lemon peppers and decided to see if they were actually, “intensely hot” as described by a friend.
This is his, “Holy shit! These have some heat!” face
Update: they are all doing just fine.
We’re back at the Kent Haymaker Farmers’ Market this Saturday morning from 9-1 so stop and visit us. We’ll have plenty of that Triple Threat jam I mentioned along with eggs, hydrangeas, fresh cut flowers, and hypertufas.
And, speaking of hypertufas – don’t forget to sign up for our Hands-On Hypertufa Workshop! The workshop is going to be at Pizzute’s Plant-n-Thyme on Saturday, September 28th at 2pm. You can RSVP for a spot by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by stopping by our booth at the market this Saturday.
You could make one of these beauties yourself!