We are going to a new Farmers Market on Tuesdays

I tried my hand at drawing the Contoocook Farmers Market on July 4th.
I tried my hand at drawing the Contoocook Farmers Market on July 4th.

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!

Cucumbers and Tomatoes are coming out of my ears….so to speak!

Pickles anyone?
Pickles anyone?

Ah….canning season in full swing. I just wish the Red Sox were good enough

prepping for lemon pickle
Prep for lemon pickle

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….

Tomatoes,Tomatoes and more tomatoes……………

Large Plum tomatoes which I will use for roasted pizza passata
Large Plum tomatoes which I will use for roasted pizza passata

It is amazing how long it takes to process 213lbs of plum tomatoes before they start to deteriorate. Last year the tomato harvest

Sweet garlic dill pickles ready to pack!
Sweet garlic dill pickles ready to pack!

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.

10lbs of grapes that still needed to prepared for cooking
10lbs of grapes that still needed to prepared for cooking

In between preparation of the tomatoes and  roasting them, I am trying to make jelly,jam,pectin

Home made apple pectin made with Wealthy apples
Home made apple pectin made with Wealthy apples

and pickles……….But the bounty will soon decrease and the pace will slow…….I hope.

The Harvest is in full swing!

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.

What to do with 50lbs of plum tomatoes?Passata!
What to do with 50lbs of plum tomatoes?Passata!
Pickles anyone?
Pickles anyone?
Barbecue relish is Back!
Barbecue relish is Back!
Large Plum tomatoes Ready for more Passata and possibly more Bruschetta in a Jar
Large Plum tomatoes which I will use for Bruschetta in a jar & Salsa-Bruschetta style

More Tomatoes are on the way…….The Roasted pizza passata will be back on the shelf soon!

I am looking at 2 boxes of Plum tomatoes one box weighs 34 lbs and the other box weighs 37lbs. I also received 21lbs of baby beets and have 10lbs of cucumbers that Brandon is planning to make sour pickles for home use only. It will be a late night!

Large Plum tomatoes which I will use for Bruschetta in a jar & Salsa-Bruschetta style
Large Plum tomatoes which I will use for Bruschetta in a jar & Salsa-Bruschetta style
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7lbs of 21lbs of baby beets………..
What to do with 50lbs of plum tomatoes?Passata!
What to do with 37lbs of plum tomatoes?Passata!

Picked 4 1/4 lbs of Raspberries this afternoon!

berry_16047_mthIt was supposed to rain today, but it ended up being a beautiful day ,bright ,warm and sunny. After the farmers market I went to pick Raspberries at Pustizzi Fruit Farm in Boscawen NH and I will go back tomorrow if the weather holds to pick blueberries. I love picking berries at Joe’s , it is relaxing and most of the time I am the only one who is picking. So I pump up the tunes on my MP3 player and pick till I  reach 7lbs for blueberries and at least 2lbs for raspberries.

Nectarines in Raspberry syrup (Compote)
Nectarines in Raspberry syrup (Compote)

I stopped at Richardson’s on my way home  to get tomatoes and a quart of their home made Vanilla Ice cream, which I am planning to eat soon with some of the Nectarine Raspberry compote.

The Barbecue relish is done and Corn Zucchini relish is next!

Barbecue relish is Back!
Barbecue relish is Back!

A dozen plus ears of corn are steamed and ready to take off the cob.  The corn will be added to the Zucchini,onions and colored peppers for the Corn Zucchini relish.

Time to Pick Raspberries and Blueberries!

Nectarines in Raspberry syrup (Compote)
Nectarines in Raspberry syrup (Compote)

It was 67 degrees when we went out and started to pick at 7:30am.  The blueberries weren’t quite ripe , so Brandon only picked 4.5 lbs, I didn’t do much better with the raspberries and picked 3.25lbs.  Later I went out to get some grocery items and stopped at Apple Hill in Concord, NH and they had a box of nectarines that were seconds, so when I got home I took some of the raspberries and the nectarines and made  Nectarines in Raspberry syrup (Compote). I think the next batch I should thicken the syrup some more before adding the Nectarines.

I also made Cucumber pickles with lemon and tomorrow I plan to make Barbecue Relish, which is Zucchini based.

Cucumber pickles with lemon, garlic and a bay leaf!
Cucumber pickles with lemon, garlic and a bay leaf!

Pickled Beets will be back on the shelves soon!

A sheep felted fleece transformed with vegetable dye!
A sheep felted fleece transformed with vegetable dye!

The farmer who I got my beets from last season ,told me today “the beets are ready”. I plan to make 50 jars of pickled beets this season, I only did 31 last season. So I need to figure out what poundage I need to get to the 50 jar mark. The pickled beets will be ready to eat by the beginning of September.

Blueberry Season Begins!

This afternoon I am making lemony Blueberry Lavender Marmalade!  Brandon has been picking blueberries for me while I am working off the farm. I am hoping to pick blueberries tomorrow morning before I go back to work…we shall see!

This was taken at Christmas....he loved to lie right under the tree. Good thing he didn't have a big tail to wag or he would have knocked all the ornaments off.
This was taken at Christmas….he loved to lie right under the tree. Good thing he didn’t have a big tail to wag or he would have knocked all the ornaments off.

On a sad note…we had to put our boy dog Cooper down (he was 12) as he had lymphoma…rest in peace Coop,you were an awesome dog and we will miss you.