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{Giveaway} Are You Ready for Summer Canning?

July 14th, 2012 · 12 Comments

We take a brief intermission from our FRESHFARM Markets Week to share the news of National Can-It-Forward Day, sponsored by Ball. Today, experts from Ball are sharing canning tips on live WebTV and on Twitter (search: #canitforward). While I’ve averaged just one or two batches of preserves each of the past couple summers, I can [...]

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Tags: at market · giveaway · preserving

{Preserving Summer} Bourbon Peach Jam

August 27th, 2010 · 5 Comments

I mentioned we recently went peach picking at Hollin Farms in Fauquier County, Virginia. Unfortunately my preserving aspirations exceeded my hands-free time during the week (one so quickly forgets how time-consuming infants can be) so sadly we lost a few to spoilage before I got a chance to put up a batch of jam. (We [...]

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Tags: fresh from the... · fruit · local farms · preserving · recipes

Local Potluck Tuesday June 15 (and Strawberry Shortcake)

June 15th, 2010 · 3 Comments

I couldn’t let strawberry season pass us by without the obligatory sink-full-of-berry photo, er, recipes, right? After being told one local farm was out of strawberries, I rushed to our neighborhood farmers market first thing last Saturday to grab half a flat from Black Rock Orchard. I made a small batch of freezer jam and [...]

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Tags: at market · cooking with kids · dessert · local potluck tuesday · recipe

Preserving Summer: Tomato Jam

August 31st, 2009 · 8 Comments

Our Potomac Vegetable Farms CSA bag was full of ripe summer tomatoes last week, after a slow and soggy start to tomato season here in Virginia. Unfortunately, we were leaving town the day after our pick-up. Of course, that was also the day we got the notice that the boxes of surplus canning tomatoes were [...]

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Tags: CSA · cooking with kids · preserving · recipes · tomato · vegetables

Preserving Summer: Plum Honey Vanilla Jam

September 12th, 2008 · 5 Comments

After conquering my fear of canning, the next item on my kitchen project list was making jam. I had recently stumbled across this lovely Green Gage Plum & Vanilla Jam recipe at Chez Pim which sounded simple enough. I had some green Shiro plums and Italian prune plums to work with. I really wanted to [...]

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Tags: preserving · recipes