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How to pick a CSA

Blog: JH Weilnau Farm   -   Saturday January 25, 2014   -   By fitmommax3

This is the time of year when farmers all over the country are ordering seeds for their local farms, and they are also asking the community to help defray the high upfront costs without a bank  loan . In a Community Supported Agriculture or CSA the...

Last canning class of the summer

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Thursday August 08, 2013   -   By Sonya

As August brings its heat and humidity, we are gratefully helping our neighbors harvest beets, peaches, beans, and tomatoes. So the cannery has been at full capacity for weeks!  August also marks the last Canning Boot Camp, as well, for we are about to...

Farmfest and Downtown Lebanon Bargain Days TODAY O...

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Saturday July 13, 2013   -   By Sonya

  Could hardly sleep last night because I'm so excited about Lebanon's Farmfest today! All the local farmers are bringing their produce. NOT to the farmer's market, but right to the sidewalks of downtown Lebanon! Plus, the shops set out tables on the...

Canning Boot Camps are filling up!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Sunday June 23, 2013   -   By Sonya

Just a quick reminder that we have an excellent schedule of Canning Boot Camps this summer. Our new Jam and Jelly Lady Shop in Lebanon has allowed us to market these classes to locals and visitors, but since we are the only comprehensive water/pressure canning...

Which pressure canner is right for you? (part I)

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Friday May 24, 2013   -   By Sonya

You may have a canner handed down from generation to generation, with great love and care. But is it the right canner for your use?  Over the next few articles, I'm going to explore different canners based on safety, ease-of-use, and engineering. Older...

A New Era for Our Cannery...

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Wednesday May 22, 2013   -   By Sonya

After 18 years of having babies, making jam, organizing farm markets, running a cannery, teaching new canners, and keeping a (mostly decent) house, I’m finally ready to make a change — a BIG change! So… No more farmer’s markets. A happy, and a sad decision....

Learn to "Put Up" in our licensed cannery!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Monday May 13, 2013   -   By Sonya

The next Canning Boot Camp is Sunday, June 30, 2013, 10-4, in our FDA/ODA inspected cannery, in Lebanon, Ohio.  This hands-on class is geared for people who've never canned; for canners who are unsure of their techniques; for foodies who want to bring...

Join our next Canning Boot Camp!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Monday March 18, 2013   -   By Sonya

The next Canning Boot Camp is Sunday, April 21st, 2013, 10-4, in our FDA/ODA inspected cannery, in Lebanon, Ohio.  This hands-on class is geared for people who've never canned; for canners who are unsure of their techniques; for foodies who want to bring...

Canning Boot Camp is this Saturday!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Wednesday March 13, 2013   -   By Sonya

Only three days until our next Canning Boot Camp! We still have 3 positions open for anyone who is interested. Before registering online, please email or call to make sure the positions haven't already been taken, because they usually go fast. 513-932-6470 is...

Newly Designed Canning Masters Classes

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Wednesday March 06, 2013   -   By Sonya

Fabulous line-up of new Master's Canning Classes (you must have taken our Canning Boot Camp to register for the Master's Classes). Master's Classes are $30, and run from 6:30 to 8:30 in the evening on the posted dates. All materials are provided, and there is...

Two New Canning Boot Camps Scheduled!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Friday March 01, 2013   -   By Sonya

As I sit here in a cool, quiet cannery, awaiting the first rhubarb of local farmers (quite far off, actually), I appreciate the calm of winter. After our Christmas sales broke 18 years of sales records, I am quite happy to have little to do other than plan...

Holiday Hams - Spring Hill Farms

Blog: Spring Hill Farms   -   Wednesday November 14, 2012   -   By David

As the Holiday season draws near I start thinking about ham. Well actually I start getting calls and emails asking about ham so it starts me to thinking about ham!   I began selling holiday hams in 2004 and it has grown into a big part of what we do...

The Real Cost of Pork!

Blog: Serenity Farm   -   Thursday November 08, 2012   -   By Shawn

Why do I have a picture of eggs in an article about Pork? It is very simple. They are closely inter related. The egg on the left is an egg from a grocery store. The egg on the right is an egg laid by a chicken farm raised and free ranged. Pork is very...

Canning Classes: Beginner's Boot Camp in July!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Thursday July 05, 2012   -   By Sonya

Had a ball today with the Master’s crew, working on a plethora of delicious canning recipes: Sweet Pickled Pears, Chad’s Famous Bread and Butter Pickles, Dilly Beans, Italian Tomatoes, Jamaican Tomatoes, and (lastly) Creole Tomatoes. Whew! It was so very hard...

Last Call for June Canning Classes!!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Wednesday June 20, 2012   -   By Sonya

This Sunday, June 24th, we'll be hosting our last Canning Boot Camp of June. This 6-hour intensive investigation into the how-what-why of canning is essential for any new canner who wants to use safe, USDA-approved procedures! Although a lot of work, we have a...

Still a couple openings in Mar 11 Canning Boot Cam...

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Wednesday March 07, 2012   -   By Sonya

The next Canning Boot Camp is Sunday, April 21st, 10-4, in our FDA/ODA inspected cannery, in Lebanon, Ohio.  This hands-on class is geared for people who've never canned; for canners who are unsure of their techniques; for foodies who want to bring...

Newly Posted Canning Classes

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Monday March 05, 2012   -   By Sonya

We have a new schedule of canning classes to announce.  I'm going to also post these on Local Harvest as events, but for now will encourage interested folks to check out our website, www.jamandjellylady.com , for detailed descriptions of the...

New Year brings a Newly Inspired Jam!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Monday January 23, 2012   -   By Sonya

We at the cannery usually take January off as we recover from months and months of harvest, fall festivals, and Christmas business.  But January is panning out a little different in 2012!  Already, we've been asked to stock empty shelves in our our...

Last week in the cannery... Ready to welcome the ...

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Tuesday December 13, 2011   -   By Sonya

On the home stretch for holiday canning!  And we are wiping the sweat off our brows! We start our holiday canning race in late May, when we receive our first batch of strawberries. The customers automatically start asking for all our strawberry-based...

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