Had wonderful opening days at both the West Chester and Lebanon Farmer's Markets. I can tell that Chef George Stengl of Lebanon and Stengl's catering is the biggest new hit at both markets. He drags along a custom-built wood-fired oven in which he bakes fresh French baguettes and pizza: savory pizzas for the Lebanon market, and sweet breakfast pizzas for the West Chester market. George's Famous Dressing that he used to bottle and sell at his Best Cafe in Lebanon is also sold at his booth, and I've already loaded up!!
I'm almost out of jams after only two shows and two markets! If you come by our road this week, you'll notice smoke coming out the cannery doors as I hustle to replenish our supply! Farmer Jon Branstrator of Clarksville supplies me with the most georgeous local strawberries, and I'll be using his berries up as fast as I can to create many different preserves: Strawberry Lemonade, Strawberry Jam, 4th of July Jam, Jam Lady's Special Reserve, Christmas Jam, Rhubarb and Strawberry Jam, Strazzberry Jam, and Strawberry Syrup with Grand Marnier.
Well, look for a new canning tip on my blog by Tuesday. Have a Master's canning class tomorrow night (relishes), so after canning all day, I'll be canning with students all evening. It's a good thing I'm CRAZY about canning!!
Happy Spring, Sonya