Hello again, blog! It's so easy to neglect you this time of year...
August is rolling by mighty quickly, it's hard to believe we're already halfway through! It has been a typically busy late summer so far, and it's set to get even more hectic. The end of summer is always exciting in Tionesta, as it brings the Indian Festival, our community's week-long celebration. That started on Saturday and will run through this coming weekend. The following weekend will also bring lots of visitors, as it's Rumble on the River, a motorcycle rally that takes place at Wolfe's Corners fairground, only 2 1/2 miles from the farm. We are sure to have busy weekends because of this, both with increased traffic at the farm stand and also because friends & neighbors will be gathering to share food and fun.
But in order to have a little free time on the weekends, that means I need to stay extra busy during the week! It seems the canner goes nonstop through the week, usually except for one day which I use to run errands like going to the feed store or picking up more canning jars to hold all the garden goodness! Last week alone, I made cases of Carrot Cake Jam, Emily's Own Dill Pickles, Pickled Beets, Sweet Garden Relish and added my medium-spicy Fiesta Salsa to the product lineup down at the stand. Today I'm packaging sun dried tomatoes to offer this coming weekend, plus this week I'm sure I'll be doing some of the previously mentioned products, plus Hot Pepper Rings and Bruschetta in a Jar, possibly Dilly Beans, and whatever else I can come up with to preserve what is in the fridge right now. I have a new batch of Mulled Blackberry Vinegar that is ready for bottling, and I need to check on my first-ever batch of Malt Vinegar as well. I'm also busy freezing things like chard and zucchini for my own personal use over the winter. And of course weeding, drying herbs,mowing the yard, working in the garden and taking care of the livestock & poultry. And did I mention I'm experimenting with some artistic projects that I hope to have on sale soon, possibly even this weekend? (More details to come on that when I actually complete them!) So it's crazily busy here right now!
We're also butchering. It's nice to have a break from doing chickens right now, but I can't believe how demand has gone up since just last year- I can't keep them in stock, which is a great problem to have! We'll be doing pork again the next couple of weeks, with sausage this week and the return of chops and roasts next, with ham & bacon returning the week after once the curing process is complete.
So even though that is more than enough to keep us busy, I'm also excited to be adding a new crop to our farm. I place my order with Seed Saver's Exchange this morning for a quantity of garlic, something I have not grown before (but Dan has). It will ship the middle of next month. We'll plant it then and look forward to offering garlic scapes early next spring and garlic next summer. I'm always excited to offer new things, and garlic has been something we've had requests for from our customers.
Well, I best get back to the canner...stop by and see us if you're visiting Tionesta over these busy, fun weekends!