Unfortunately not the kind of date the title might suggest, even though it didn't happen until after 10 this evening. The kind that involves a lot of hot fruit and sugar and jars and a canning pot.
Every other Sunday I take eggs out to White Rock for some of our market customers. This time I happened to mention to them that if they needed jam, they could let me know, but I had a limited selection. I've avoided making jam since the last market in December, and I was in no rush to get back into it. I did have to break down this week though and make a case (12 pint or 500ml jars) of raspberry jam. I have a customer who buys raspberry jam by the case. He says his 90+ year old dad lives on the stuff. Anyway, he is running out, so I had to make a couple of batches this week to keep the old fellow happy.
I figured I might get one or two requests from my egg customers, but I sadly underestimated that. Everyone wanted blackberry. Weird. I had requests for 10 jars of it. I had one jar in stock. So I convinced myself that since I had all those blackberries in the freezer (remember those 60 buckets we picked?), I might as well just make some. So two batches of blackberry tonight, and another one of raspberry for good measure. I was just cooking, literally. I had my pant legs rolled up and sleeves pushed up. I was hot! Anyway, all done. The jars have all sealed, and I'll have to wait until morning to see if they've set. Fingers crossed.
My original blurb is below. This blog was started to show some of our customers where their food is coming from. But...since there aren't actually many of our customers reading it, and just because I wanted to... this blog now is all over the map. Lots of dog stuff, places we go, things we do, and of course gardening and animal stuff, and whatever else I feel like rambling on about.
We live on a 10 acre hobby farm in the Bradner area of Abbotsford, British Columbia. We are vendors at the Abbotsford and the White Rock Farmer's markets, selling a large variety of items. These include jams, jellies and marmalades, sewn items, free range eggs, cut flower bouquets, fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit. We grow organically, although are not certified organic. At the present moment our hobby farm houses 4 adult humans, 3 dogs, 1 cat, 4 ewes, 1 horse and 80-99 laying hens.