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Quince jelly!


A couple months ago, I received a whole plastic grocery bag full of fresh quince from a local orchard not too far from our farm.  After debating about what to do with them, I decided to make a fabulous quince jelly last month. 

 I was originally going to make a pineapple-quince butter but unfortunately it would have required more ingredients than what I hand in the cupboard at the time and of course be quite expensive to make since it required a lot of fresh pineapples. 

 I have never worked with a quince before even though I heard about them in the past.  The quince is a difficult fruit to work with as it has a high natural pectin content and is inedible raw but the the quince favorable for making jellies. 

I was told by the woman who owns the orchard where I got them that she really had not found a recipe for them that was completely successful so that took me on a journey to find something that would work and that people would love to buy and eat.

These quinces are a variety called pineapple and can I tell you that they smell wonderful.  The whole garage where I had them before I used them had a fragrance of pineapples in the air. 

After some trial and errors, the jellies proved to be successful as everyone who has sampled them thought that they were fantastic. We even gave one back to the orchard so that they could also sample it.



Thanksgiving, Pork and quince

Things have been pretty busy over here as usual at the farm. We managed to get through the Thanksgiving holiday without any problems and everyone is very happy with their turkeys.  I have been receiving a steady flow of good comments coming back as I normally do.

We had a great Thanksgiving dinner with family and enjoyed a 16# pastured turkey.

Our customers had a great selection of turkeys to chose from.  We had everything from a 12#-33# turkey available.

Last weekend, we loaded our first batch of pigs onto the trailer without any problems to take into the butcher and still have two more sets to go before mid December.  Our customers are getting excited about receiving their pork shares this month. This weekend we will be loading another set of pigs on our trailer to take to the butcher Tuesday .  Hopefully this will go well.

We also managed to round up one of our extra boars that we sold to a local farmer.  He has been sold since late October but I have been to busy to get him.  He was out on pasture running with the rest of the feeders. He also likes to jump fences so it was a chore to round him up onto the trailer.

I am trying to make some time in my busy schedule to make a quince jam from a recipe I found on line.  I received a bag of pineapple quince from a local orchard we know and have yet to have time to make anything with them.

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