Jun 5, 2009

Fruit, Fruit, and More Fruit

Hello Everyone,

So I open up my neighborhood grocery circular yesterday and low and behold what do I see? Peaches, Nectarines,Strawberries, and Cherries all on sale. I'm not talking about a slight sale but an honest to goodness I have to buy this type sale. The peaches and nectarines are $1.99 a lb. the strawberries are $1.69 alb. and the Cherries are $2.98 a lb. Wow right? You know that saying "When Life gives you lemons make lemon aid"? Well when life sends you a sale on fruit way up north where there's no possibility of getting it to grow yourself make jams, jellies, and can!

Originally I was just going to can straight rhubarb jam this weekend, but do to this sale my workload just increased ten fold. With strawberries at this price I can afford to make my strawberry jams and preserves and my strawberry rhubarb pie filling. With the peaches and nectarines I'll be making some jams, and pie filling, and straight canning. With the cherries I'll be making some pie fillings and brandy cherries.. yum. We use the brandy cherries in our drinks during the Christmas Season. It helps to fight back our bitter cold and they taste really good to.

So the next thing for me to do is to clean and prepare more of my canning jars and my kitchen for the weekend and probably all of next week. I will post the recipes I'm using on the recipe page as soon as possible and after I've canned them I will post pictures. I haven't decided weather or not I should post a step by step canning picture guide in the albums, maybe your feedback will make up my mind.

In other news, our onions are starting to come up in the garden and the tomatoes I transplanted are doing well. The chickens are happy campers in their new coop and are fattening themselves up on bugs and worms. Life is good on the farm and we feel we are blessed. I met some neighbors down the road a bit who are Amish Mennonite and they are a very nice couple. The wife has offerd to teach me spinning and I am so very grateful for it. Up the ladder of self sufficiency we go. Have a great Day!! God Bless!!!


  1. hi snowbound! good post, and am waiting for your jam recipes. am new to canning. down here we can a lot of green beans, salsa, and pickles and jam but i have never done jam. i canned 52 quarts of half runners last year and then we froze the rest which turn out really good too. thanks for joining my blog! i love new englad!

  2. The Old Gray EggJune 6, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    I am jealous of your fruit sales. Our small town never has really good sales like that. We will just have to wait until the local berries ripen. Why can't oranges and rhubarb be ripe at the same time? I've never had that combination in a jam. Sounds good. Another wierd, but good jam combination: pineapple and zucchini. Go figure.