Saturday, June 7, 2008

Fresh food, my favorite thing!

Today was a good day at the farmer's market! Well, first, it was a good day at my farm. The dogs and I picked more peas!

Of course, it was already very hot and humid first thing this morning when we headed for the garden! The dogs are never far behind when I harvest things from the garden. Sassy has even been caught stealing a little apple from the tree!

I shelled the peas this afternoon.

And that wasn't even all of them!

After a cool shower, I set off for the big farmers market in town. Saturday is the best day to go for the most variety. I got some sweet onions, and some peaches, some organic tomatoes and these!

Two of the three quarts I bought, all cleaned and ready to go.

I got these from the cutest young Mennonite couple. They couldn't have been older than early twenties. He could barely grow a goatee, let alone a full beard. But they grow their own produce and I like to support local growers.

I decided to make no-cook, freezer jam. It's so simple!

Very few ingredients needed.

A cup and half of sugar mixed with a package of no-cook freezer pectin.

Then you get to mash up the strawberries with a potato masher!

Add the sugar and pectin mixture and stir for three minutes.

Fill the freezer containers and get an extra jar for the fridge! Let set up for thirty minutes, then freeze (or stash for toast tomorrow!)

Give the bowl to the dogs for the pre-wash cycle! Everybody wins and a good day was had by all!


Wendy said...

Strawberries ... yum! I'm looking forward to getting our first ripe ones ... not much longer now (I keep telling myself ;).

Anonymous said...

Hi Auntie, I thought the dress form looked like you and I know you....alright maybe more lumps and hump, but not much else. Road looks great

MarmiteToasty said...

Can I come and live in your garden shed LOL......

love peas from the pod and also love buying stuff from farmers markets or from little houses with little tables set up on the side of the road...... it always tastes so much better then shop bought stuff.......

The jam lookes scrummie....


Celticspirit said...

mmmmm....those peas look yummy. Those jars you freeze the jam in, are they plastic or glass? If they are glass is it safe to freeze them in glass? This may be something I'd like to try in the future.

Akhila's Handblog said...

Yum! Just love strawberries...
Hope you found some little girl to make hats for.

Crochet Diva said...

LMAO @ "pre-wash cycle".. :)

barefoot gardener said...

I'm jealous

Lisa said...

Barb~ The containers are some plastic freezer jars made by Ball or somebody. i found them with the other canning supplies. The have screw on lids and are just the right size!

Marmy can of course come live in Steve the shed. he even has geraniums even if they aren't red!

Barefoot~ Wait til later to be jealous. I'm making fresh bread to try the jam on!!