Help Support Farmers

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My sister came for a visit last year and found Lodi’s Certified Farmers Market not to far from my home. This market opens May 19th and runs through September 1st from 5pm to 8:30pm, every Thursday. The location is 35 S. School Street Lodi. It has the best fresh produce California has to offer. Farmers come from all over to sell their beautiful produce. Residents and visitors can also grab a bite to eat, order drinks, listen to live music, get fresh eggs, fresh flowers, local honey, organic soap and more.This is a laid back fun place to meet-up with friends or make new ones.

Last year I found a farmer with the best looking okra. I asked if I could order a box and that I would pick it up the following Thursday.
Yangs Farm (209)-354-1919 said yes, ‘call me Wednesday night’ I will pick it Thursday morning and have it set a side for you to pick up that night. I got the best buy ever 30 pounds for $40.00. I pickled it for my family. We all love pickled okra. I will be calling them this year.

A few weeks back we went to the market and found THE BEST apricots I have had in years. Once again I asked if I could get two boxes for the following week. Cipponer Family Farm (209) 669-6434 said yes, we will have two boxes set a side for you. I got 50 pounds for $50.00.They let me go home with the two nice plastic crates and said just bring them back or use them again with the next pick up. I smiled and said I like that. Very nice produce and people. I was in apricot heaven!

Farmers work so hard to provide us with gorgeous produce. So go to your local farmers markets and road side fruit stands. Help support them and eat fresh and local, which is always better. Get to know the people at the market and ask for boxes to save money and get the fresh produce you can. Cut out the middle man i.e… big stores like Safeway, Trade Joe, Raleys and Ralphs.
Happy Canning.

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Class Date Change

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I have moved June 25th class to July 9th at 11:00am here at “The Farm .”  I also changed the two recipes to ” Old Fashioned Grape Jelly.”Just imagine when you were a kid and that big PBJ sandwich your mom made for you, but this one will be better. We will make it with a lot less sugar. You will be able to taste the grapes. The other recipe will be” Caramelized Onion and Red Wine Pizza Sauce.” This sauce has so much flavor you don’t need much more on your pizza. You will go home with a jar from each recipe. A little snack will be served and we will have a sit down lunch. Lunch will be pizza, salad, and ice cream sundae using our grape jelly.

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Watch Out For Wax!

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Not everyone has a garden, so carefully select produce at the grocery store for preserving, watch out for wax. Most grocery stores sell apples, beets, cucumbers, peppers, squash, tomatoes, turnips, and watermelons that are coated with wax. This makes them look glossier and helps prevent moisture loss.
The wax alone is not so bad. It’s usually made of natural products like beeswax. But the wax is often combined with fungicides to prevent mold problems during shipping and marketing. Since the wax is not water-soluble, it seals the fungicides onto the fruit, making them close to impossible to wash off.
To avoid buying waxed produce, shop at farmers markets, roadside stands, and organic farms or co-ops. Or ask your local grocery store to supply unwaxed produce; you’ll have to take their word for it because it can be hard to see thin layers of wax. If you do buy waxed fruits or vegetables, peel off the outer skin before eating or processing.