The past few days have been busy. Granddaughter started back to preschool, the dogs have had check ups and shots, we have been busy around the farm.
Between us, most of the fields have been mowed for fall. I haven’t harvested the pears or apples yet, as I have been trying to catch up on tomatoes and peaches. One day, I canned 30 pints of tomatoes and pasta sauce. Of that, only a few didn’t seal, so we had a big spaghetti dinner last night and the leftover sauce was put in wide mouth jars and frozen. We will use it first before we start opening the sealed jars.
Each Tuesday, daughter and son-in-law pick up a one person food share of meat and one of fruit as a test to see if it is worth their money. A lot of the fruit has been peaches, though the late frost killed off almost all of the peaches around here, so they must be bringing them from south of us. Jim and I are the only ones in the house that will eat a fresh peach. The first batch was made into peach/mango chutney, a very authentic tasting chutney. The second batch were peeled, sliced, and frozen. The third batch went to the spinning retreat with me and were enjoyed by the group. The fourth batch was sitting there about to attract fruit flies, so I made 9 half pints of sweet chili sauce today. I tasted a bit of it and it is sweet and spicy with hot chili sauce added. It should make a great chicken or pork basting sauce or topping. I think it would be good over cream cheese with crackers. It is cooling on the counter and will be added to the increasing jars of goodies on the shelves.
Tonight late, our eldest son and eldest grandson will arrive for the weekend. I have a dry rub pork shoulder that I will cook in the crockpot tomorrow and I think one of the jars of sweet chili sauce, a jar of the apple/pear chutney from last year, the last jar of Pear Ginger Conserve will all be put out to eat with the pulled pork and slaw with a batch of roasted veggies for out dinner.
Tomorrow, we will get to return to the Farmers’ Market for the first time in a month. We will precede that with breakfast out, and I will turn in my applications for the two winter Holiday Markets.
I am loving being able to return to a routine and see things getting done.