Tuesday, May 28, 2013

My crazy week

It all started last week- work, the end of Luke's school for the summer, and Memorial Day.  Add in I'm starting to get excited about canning season, and I'm all flustered!  ;)  I purchased 4 more tomato plants to go with our obscene amount of heirlooms from Mississippi Moon Naturals

Mississippi Moon Naturals is a family owned, woman owned greenhouse, garden, and seed company.  They are located in southern Illinois, and I found them when I was looking for black beans.  I found those, but I also found so MUCH more!  I love them!  They have excellent customer service, and shipping is fast and very affordable.  I ended up buying 11 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, with peppers and cucumbers, and beans, and peas.  In addition, they gave me 2 more heirloom tomato seeds, bringing it up to 13 varieties!  Yes, we're crazy! 

So all that's in the garden now, and our rhubarb is in season now.  I have absolutely no idea what to do with it, as I've never eaten it, and Charlie doesn't like it.  So apparently we're going to leave it for right now, and then decide later.  I could make strawberry rhubarb jam for the farmer's market, but am not sure.  I don't know- there's just so much I want to do for the market, yet, I don't want to step on other venders' toes.  At the same time, if they're not there weekly, I should be able to do what I want in terms of selling items. 

Strawberries aren't quite ready yet, we're planning on going picking next Friday.  I asked my boss if she wants to come with, and she probably will, which will be awesome!  :)  I've planned it out I need around 20 lbs, I want to make 6-8 jars of plain strawberry, plus Charlie is going to show me where mulberries are, so I can pick those.  Honestly, the only reason I'm writing this all down, is so that I can remember what I want to make when all this stuff comes in season!

I also got an email from Whole Foods, and they get Muscadine grapes!  I will be making Muscadine Jam this year too!  Even if it's only a small batch, like 2-4 pints, I don't care.  I'm in love with it.  And it'll be perfect for Christmas.  *If* it lasts that long.  ;)

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