Tag Archives: canning

The Start of the Canning Season

14 Aug

Despite the drought, my garden is doing well.  I am fortunate enough to have a well, so I can use it to water my garden.  For some reason, Sky doesn’t seem quite as destructive as he had been.  That’s good, too.

okra blossom

butternut squash

dill

bottle gourd

I have lots of tomatoes starting to ripen.

I made a small batch of sauce and four quarts of juice.

I’m guessing they will really start ripening just as I have to go back to work at the end of the week.

Friday’s Hunt v2.10

2 Sep

Welcome back to Friday’s Hunt.  I want to thank everyone who joined in last week.  I had a lot of fun visiting everyone who linked up.  It’s very simple.  Anyone can participate.  The link opens at 7pm Central time and will close Sunday at 7pm, so you have plenty of time to enter. Hopefully, you’ll be inspired to visit some of the other entries.

If you didn’t participate this week but would like to next week, the topics will be:  Starts with K, Week’s Favorite, and yellow/gold.  I will always keep a list of the items for the coming week in my sidebar at the top. I am crazy busy with teaching and working on the farm right now, but I will make sure to visit all participants.  Without further ado, here’s my interpretations for the week.

Starts with J:  I am going with juvenile.  I have all my June babies that are still juvenile goats.

Elmer, Jacob, Daisy, George and Martha

Elmer, Jacob, Daisy, George and Martha

Week’s Favorite:  My favorite this week was coming home from work last night and seeing the goats in pasture.  Now, isn’t that supposed to be normal.  Yes, it is, but when I came home Tuesday and Wednesday, the goats were in my corn field.  Actually, they were in the corn field on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, they  had made it all the way to the pumpkin patch and starting to head out onto the road.  I guess I managed to get the gate fastened tight enough on Wednesday, and they were in.  Yay!

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Surprise:  I got a text from my sister on Sunday asking if I wanted tomatoes.  Well, of course I did.  My geese ate all of mine–the few they had with our dry summer.  I got three five gallon buckets full.  Then my mom brought me part of another bucket.  So, in the midst of my goats being out, I was busy canning tomatoes. That’s a lot of surprises this week. I do like the results of the tomatoes though!

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6 pints roasted tomatoes and 1/2 pint, 7 quarts and 36 pints of cold packed tomatoes

Now it’s your turn!

No Rest for the Weary

20 Aug

The last few days have been crazy.  I seem to say that a lot, but it’s true.  I started back to work on Thursday on the second floor of an un-airconditioned brick building when we had a 100*F (37.78*C) heat index.  Just to make it more fun, I got to work an extra two hours too.  In good news, a co-worker did give me some tomatoes.  That’s good since my weeder geese mistook my tomatoes for weeds.

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Between what I’ve bought at the farmer’s market and what people have gifted me, I’ve been able to start some canning.  I would like to do one more batch of roasted tomato sauce.  Then I need to start on just cold-packed tomatoes.

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Friday was a busy day at home (non-mandatory work day.  Too hot to go to that building).  We are still painting and varnishing and doing all kinds of stuff in the garage.  I’m hoping to get a lot of this stuff finished on Sunday before I am back to work full time on Monday.

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In addition, I’m still making things like hand pies to sell at the pumpkin patch.  I did finish the last of my jams and jellies right before going back to work.

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I had the farmer’s market Friday night.

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It was a race to get home before the storms arrived.  You’ll notice the hay did get baled!  I got to get Gomez’s head unstuck from the fence.  Then, I managed to finish milking just before the rain got here.  Now that I’m only milking once a day, my girls aren’t giving me as much milk, but it’s still quite a lot.

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Today, I made mozzarella cheese since I have so much extra milk.  My mom has been making some too.  In between everything else, I keep making phone calls for the pumpkin patch to try and get food vendors, advertising, and I bought a big popcorn popper!