I love this time of year in the garden, everything is so plentiful! We had our first sweet corn this weekend and a few ripe tomatoes as well. The plants don't look great, but they don't have the killer blight and the tomatoes are finally turning red! It must be the sunshine, which has finally reappeared. As I type, I'm keeping an eye on my canner as I am making salsa with the leftovers from the market- tomatoes, onions, and hot peppers. Growing up, no one in my family canned, but I taught myself a few summers ago and I really enjoy it. I love knowing what's really in my food and being able to control the amout of chemicals, salt and sugar that goes into whatever I'm eating. I love trying new recipies, and I love finding ones that use the herbs and vegetables I have just out my back door! I do make some other things, like mustards, that I need to buy most of the ingredients for, but they are so much better than anything store bought! I enjoy canning so much that I have started putting some of my sauces and other things for sale at the stand. If you stop by, along with 2 kinds of mustards I have flavored vinegar, a sweet & sour dipping sauce, hot pepper jelly, dilled green beans and this weekend, salsa!
Opening the stand has made us so busy, getting laid off was really a blessing in disguise. People remember our sausage and we have sold quite a lot of the secret family recipe breakfast sausage. Dan and I introduced a mild and a hot Italian sausage 2 weeks ago and they were so popular, we're going to have them again this weekend. So Thursday I'll be busy stuffing sausage and packaging it.
Another thing keeping me busy lately is working on the website. I've added a lot on new pictures of the animals and the stand. I'm also working on a page with pictures and descriptions of the various polutry we raise, which is taking some time and isn't live yet. If you'd like to check it out, the address is www.pleasantvalleyfarm.weebly.com.
If you're planning on being in Tionesta for the Rumble on the River Bike Fest, stop by and see us! We always enjoy meeting the people who follow us online. And if it isn't too hot, you can meet Puff, our cat who thinks he is the farm stand mascot. He love to be the greeter and be petted by everyone!