Monday, September 28, 2009

Market Days

The bounty of this season is keeping me amazed. And also keeping my body tired! I am sore today from moving what ended up being over 5 tons (literally) of veggies yesterday. We had over 1,000 lbs of beans to deliver alone! That is a heavy load. When I see a view like this table though, it really is worth it.

The seasonal overlap is really interesting. The idea that peaches can be ripe at the same time we have fresh parsnips seems so odd to me... and yet, the seasons don't end abruptly, but change gently from one to the next, so why not the produce? It just doesn't seem like we should have tomatoes and winter squash at the same stand, grown at the same farm... does it?

This Sunday's market was the best yet. I hope this year is like last year and the sales just go up until the end of the year. It looks to be that way so far.

This weeks list:
Rutabaga, parsnips, nectarines, artichokes, butter and oak leaf lettuce, kale, four different colors of carrots (for roasting), shallots, garlic, green onions, Italian zucchini, plum tomatoes, curly parsley, summer savory, chives, cilantro, raspberries, blackberries (both for jams), broccoli, cauliflower, a dozen eggs, and two slices of home cooked pie.

Since I took a couple weeks off of major food preservation (and since my pantry shelf has more space now) I decided to bring home a few of our extras and our bruised.

Three lugs of fresh corn, to be dried and made into creamed corn this winter.

Bruised peaches for canning.

A box of bruised apples for sauce and pie filling.

And here is this weeks menu:




Tan Family said...

I love the way that the bruised peaches are used for canning! Sounds like everything is used and loved. Amazing that you have artichokes and cauliflower this time of the year!

Callista said...

speaking of using everything.... once you make applesauce and all you have is peels and cores left over, make spiced apple jelly! that way nothing goes to waste. see my blog if your interested :)

Staci @ Designing and Motherhood said...

Hello. You should check out my new posting on how our backyard garden produce is doing. I said something similar...corn growing spring cool crops in the fall. I would be interested in your recipes of pie filling for apples. That is next for me. Thank you. Beautiful stuff you have. Staci

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Tan Family: The bruised peaches only made 8 quarts of peaches... but heck, that is better than none right? They were easy after I took off the yucky bits and worked exactly the same as the bought peaches. :)

Callista: Great idea! I am excited to try it. I do remember seeing it on your blog and wondering how good it would be. Do you like it? How do you use it? Thanks!

Staci: Your blog looks great! That first picture of the raspberries had my mouth watering. :) I am waiting on a bagel (lovingly made by The Man) with my raspberry jam from yesterday. Yum!

Callista said...

i love it. I have another batch cooling as i type. i cut back the sugar a bit and it was just as good. you can leave out the spices and just have apple jelly. i like the spices in it because it tastes like apple pie :) i like it on toast in the morning.... or on a sammich with cream cheese.... or on cinnamon pancakes... i plan to make these and put a tsp of jelly in them -

lemme know how yours turns out if you make the jelly ^_^

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Oh that sounds WONDERFUL! I will have to try it when I am done with Applesauce. :) Thank you!!


Christina Scovel said...

I've been trying to figure out what to do with beets - besides canning. Know of any other way to preserve them?

Val in the Rose Garden said...

Christina: This is what I do with them:

Then I add them into stir fry and all sorts of things. I freeze about 4 gallon bags of red beets this way too... for this recipe during the winter (I also freeze the cake):

Recipe at the bottom of this post. :) Hope that helps! Happy preserving!


Unknown said...

What a wonderful harvest!

Kiyi Kiyi said...

What a harvest - I'm loving all the recipes!
I just wanted to let you know that I posted the Sept. giveaway on my blog.
I have one every month.
I hope you will enter!

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