Our oldest dog Mabel left us peacefully at home on 12/27/16 and on Wednesday morning our first ewe lamb was born. Her name is Hope and her mother is named Liberty. Today a ram lamb was born to Liberty’s older sister named Hilarious .. her son is going to be called Witty.
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The last outdoor farmers market was today! We will be indoors till almost the end of May at three Concord Hospital locations(M,T,Th), Weare Old Town Hall(Fri) and Hopkinton Town Hall(Sat).
No, she did not discover the electric fence with her nose…but it was something electric. I was working at the kitchen table and suddenly my 14 yr old Australian shepherd backed out from under the table at the speed of sound.
Next thing I hear is a yelp and Zorra running up the stairs and hiding. Zorra had decided to chew on a lamp cord and was properly shocked. She has not gone under the table since …instant correction……..but oh so shocking!
The apples and pears this year have been fantastic!Wild grapes have been very prolific(once I discovered where they were hiding)and the damson plums have been delicious but expensive. White pumpkins have arrived and I made two batches of pumpkin pickles during the week. I am planning to make apple pie filling, lemon pear cardamom preserves and maybe pickled pears during the next 3 days.
We are attending another Farmers Market on Tuesdays at Horseshoe Pond in Concord 2 o’clock to 5:30pm. Come on down to the Market!
Ah….canning season in full swing. I just wish the Red Sox were good enough
to get to the World series.It’s not that I am a rabid baseball fan, but my husband and I listen to the game while I can and we both miss it when there is no Red Sox game. When the play-offs start I will be canning late into the night , listening to a Baseball game with teams I do not care about.
So back to canning….
It is amazing how long it takes to process 213lbs of plum tomatoes before they start to deteriorate. Last year the tomato harvest
occurred over a month and half period ,but this year everything seems to be ripening at the same time. It is awesome to have so much wonderful produce,but so little time to complete this herculean task.
In between preparation of the tomatoes and roasting them, I am trying to make jelly,jam,pectin
and pickles……….But the bounty will soon decrease and the pace will slow…….I hope.
I have been canning 8-10 hrs a day everyday. But Brandon is working the Farmers Markets and taking care of the animals, so he is working just as hard.
I have picked 37lbs of Raspberries, 47lbs cucumbers ,24lbs of the cucumbers are for pickling and the rest are for Indian Style Cucumber Relish and Cucumbers with lemon. My neighbor Patty has been selling me her greenhouse tomatoes which I took possession of today,37lbs of small paste tomatoes and 35lbs of big paste tomatoes. My weekend has been filled with roasting tomatoes, canning pizza passata, preparing tomatoes and ingredients for Barbecue Relish. Tomorrow I will be making pickles, more pickles, then back to the tomatoes and barbecue relish.