Thank goodness Fall is here. The air is cool and crisp with leaves falling and beautiful sunsets. This makes good working weather.
All In A Jar hopes you had a wonderful summer. We had an amazing summer with our daughter’s wedding and family and friends visiting. Playing on a near by lake and yes, canning. Someone gifted me a box and half of Peaches and a box of Pears. It was a lot of fun being creative with this delicious produce. It was very hot out here this summer. We had many days in a row that were triple digits. That made it hard to get things done around here. But that didn’t stop us.
You haven’t heard much from me lately because I have been putting in a huge garden. When I say huge I mean 80 feet by 50 feet with a eight and a half foot fence around it. That alone was a feat in itself. We have moon dust and river rocks that is hard to work with a shovel. The plan is to start classes in the garden and go in the kitchen to have some fun canning.
So far, I have seven fruit trees planted; two Cherry, two Pear, two Apple and one Apricot. I have three more trees I want to plant in the late fall. They will be Peach, Plum and Nectarine. Meanwhile, I have Fava beans planted as a cover crop to get the soil ready for the trees.
The garden beds are 16 feet long by 4 feet wide. I have three finished with irragation and planted.
All In A Jar is traveling to “The Kitchen ” Please contact them for Aug 15 class
Dianne McArthur “The Kitchen” at Alamo Hardware 3211 Danville Blvd
Alamo CA 94507 phone 925.837.2420 ext.313
Aug 15 Tuesday at 11:00am
Peach Raspberry Jam is sweet and tart. Great on toast, in thumbprint cookies, in yogurt and over ice cream. Garlicky Broccoli Stem Relish; you can use this on sandwiches, and on toasted baguette with your favorite cheese. Homemade Barbecue Sauce; not too sweet and a smoky spicy flavor. Nectarine Conserve with Raisins and Walnuts; I love conserve they have a lot going on. They are sweet, sticky and can be used as an appetizer with bread and cheese, as a dessert on top of pound cake or ice cream, even for breakfast in oatmeal.