A New Season

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It finally feels like Fall! There is a little cool breeze in the air and leaves are falling from the trees and a lot has been going on here at “The Farm”. The summer crop was wonderful. And yes, I still have eggplant but I don’t have the heart to pull it out when it is still providing produce.

Companion planting went well and was a lot of fun to try. The Eggplant loved the Banana Pepper and Tarragon as its companion plants. The Okra loved the Basil and Bell Pepper as its companion plants.

The strawberry and blueberry plants are looking happy and strong. I was told to remove all the flowers off of the plant in the first year to ensure that the roots will be healthy for years to come. I sure hopes this pay off because I have pulled so many flowers!

 

The raspberries are doing well. They tasted great and I get a small hand full each day. It is perfect for topping yogurt or ice cream. My fig tree gave me so many big beautiful figs that I made fig jam, fig newtons, as well as dehydrating some of them and of course eating them. I’m hoping to get fruit from my apple trees, cherries, pear, nectarine, plum, peach and apricot next year.

With all the food that came for the garden, All In A Jar had a lot to offer students all summer long. I was very busy canning and preparing dishes for the freezer too.

Let me tell you what I have planted for the fall/winter garden. In bed 1 I have Green Onions, Garlic, Walla Walla onions, Sweet Spanish Onions, and Lettuce. In bed 2 I still have Tarragon and Eggplant in 3/4 of the bed and at the other end I have Brussels Sprouts. When the Eggplant is done I will be planting a few companion plants for the Brussels Sprouts (like Beets and Celery). In bed 3 I have Broccoli and Kale; the companion plant for these two is Spinach. In bed 4 I have Cabbage with the companion plants of Roma Lettuce, Arugula, Swiss chard and I put a few Fava Beans in for the nitrogen. In bed 5 Blueberry plants, In bed 6 Strawberries. In bed 7 Carrots, Beets and companion plants of Onions and Cauliflower. Bed 8 Blackberries, Bed 9 Raspberries. I have three dirt bags and they have Oregano, Parsley, and Thyme in one bag. Parsley, Basil and Lemon Thyme. In the last bag I have Rhubarb, Mint and Cilantro.

I have been trying to watch the moon and plant accordingly.

I read that you should plant your annual flowers and vegetables that bear crops above ground during the light, or waxing of the moon … from the day the moon is new to the day it is full. And plant flowering bulbs, biennial and perennial flowers, and vegetables that bear crops below ground during the dark, or waning, of the moon … from the day after it is full to the day before it is new again.

Soon I will be working on the new class calendar. Please let me know your suggestions for a class you would like to see on the schedule.

 

See you in class!

 

Up Coming Classes

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I love my new place but, I get the internet when the wind is blowing just right, so sometimes yes others no.
Also, having some issues with my calendar trying to upload my up and coming classes. Not sure if it is an internet thing or I just can’t remember how to get to it. So, anyway here are a few classes coming up.

Please let me know if there are any recipes you would like to learn.

Classes will be held at All In A Jar’s new location 3944 Curran Road, Ione, Ca. 95640 the last Saturday of each month.They will start at 11:00am and go for 3 to 4 hours. Depending on the recipes for that day. We will be making and sharing a meal together. No class in December.

October 31 at 11:00am

* Eggplant Caponata
This is like a thick and chunky Italian salsa. Great on sandwiches, steak or on some rusty bread with cheese.

* Rhubarb Raisin Chutney
This is a sweet-spicy condiment with intense flavor chile peppers,, tangy rhubarb, and a combination of the North African spices cumin seeds, coriander seeds and caraway seeds. It is wonderful with cheese crackers and grilled pork chops and chicken.

November 28 at 11:00 am

* Cinnamon Caramel Apple Syrup
This is wonderful on French toast, waffles, pancakes and ice cream.

* Roasted Pickled Beets With Orange slices
I love roasted beets and I love pickled beets. Beets and orange are wonderful in salads. So I have put them together for the perfect mix.

December Closed

January 30 at 11:00 am

* Vidalia Onion Conserve
This jar is a great appetizer just waiting to wow you. Make small puff pastry squares brush with beaten egg and bake according to package directions. Top with some onion conserve, goat cheese and thyme.

* Black Pepper Rosemary Sliced Apple
This is wonderful on top of pork. You could use it with a cheese platter too.

February 27 at 11:00am

* Penny’s Cheesecake

This cheesecake is like have a cheese platter for dessert. There is no cream cheese in this cake.

* Ginger Pears
This jar is indeed dessert. We will be putting it on top of our cheesecake.
You can also make it into a pie or put it on top of ice cream or in yogurt.

I’m looking forward to having you here on The Farm. Please email me letting me know what classes you would like to attend.
You can also make it into a pie or put it on top of ice cream or in yogurt.

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Minutes Before Class

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Minutes before class started, I was standing, looking at the kitchen all set up and I got so excited to meet new students were coming to learn the art of preserving food. We had a wonderful time making Pickled Baby Beets With Raspberries and Pear Ginger Jam. We will be making the same two recipes this Saturday and we have two spots left. Sign up on my Classes page. Come and have some fun in All In A Jar’s kitchen.
See you in class