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From the ashes...

Our house burned to the ground and we lost EVERYTHING about 2 years ago.  It's taken this long to get products created and back in stock - and it's a work in progress. :)

It's wonderful to be working with our own vegetables and herbs again, and a pleasure to be able to share them with you...

Watch for new items and the return of our standard fare. 


Fall has Arrived!

Hard freezes this week have flattened the garden, and the scramble is on to get everything in before first snows.

We had a great year at the Northport Saturday Market and looking forward to next year!

Bottled white wine vinegar mother culture this weekend, along with our latest batch of MALT mother-of-vinegar starter culture.  Yum!


Garlic is in!

Wow!  The garden certainly liked the thunder storms we've had for the past two weeks...

Garlic is in, cleaned and sorted.

The sunflowers are humungeous!

Lots of pickle cucumbers.

Almost time for fried green tomatoes!

Hope you're having a wonderful bounty, too!


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The Communty Exchange vegetale garden - July 2009


It's a Boy!

Our only child gave birth to her first child on Saturday morning after a week long sojourn and 48 hours labor and complications requiring a c-section.

Mother and son are doing fine and hope to be home by the end of the week.

We appologize for any delays in shipment of your orders or communications with us.  Orders will go out this morning, and we'll catch up with correspondence throughout the week.

Happy Spring!


Neutral / White Vinegar Starter

We're pouring and labeling vinegar jars right now. 

The call for white/neutral vinegar seems to be at a rate of 3 white to 1 red - so this time we have kept more of our white vinegar starter to have plenty available in 3 about months.

So if you miss out this time, next time should be the jackpot.

(musing.... would larger jars be a good thing?)


Neutral Mother-of-Vinegar Culture Starter Availability

We expect to have our next batch of Neutral / White vinegar starter to be available around the first of Feburary 2009.

You can be put on a Product Waiting List and will be notified by Local Harvest as soon as it come back in stock.

Thanks for visiting us!

About our Vinegar Starters

Making vinegar could be considered a labor of love - or a lesson in patience!  >:)

In our case, we start with making the wine.  This takes anywhere from 6 months to a year because we don't use any additives or chemicals to rush the process. 

Once we have the wine, we need a large quantity of "mother" and vinegar from our last batch in order to start a new one.  This, of course, makes less vinegar available for other purposes, and if we want to increase output, we have even Less available to use.

The conversion from wine to vinegar takes 3 to 6 months, depending on a lot of factors, but mostly temperature.

We use 6 gallon food-grade containers to make our wine vinegars.  We tried making a 30 gallon batch, but for our situation can't keep it warm enough to convert in a reasonable amount of time.

One gallon jars are often used for speciality vinegars - like raspberry wine vinegar, malt vinegar, etc. 

Freshly converted vinegar doesn't usually smell all that great - but the enzymes and bacteria are fresh and active and perfect for creating more vinegar. 

For those vinegars that are going on to be used at the table, we allow it to sit out of the mother in a warm, dark location for up to a year longer.  Tasting it once in a while to check flavors is half the fun!

We hope you get as much fun and benefit from making your own vinegar as we do...

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