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Plant Medicinal Mullein Herb Seeds today in a pot,...

Blog: Home Farm Herbery   -   Monday September 23, 2013   -   By Arlene

Mullein Organic Medicinal Herb Seeds Our Home Farm Herbery Mullein (Verbascum thapsus ) seed is a Biennial and this is the most productive and best respected species to grow for leaf production. Light-dependent seeds are pressed...

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...

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...

Buying American products for the holidays

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Wednesday November 09, 2011   -   By Sonya

Something to chew on.  Figuratively speaking.   This past weekend, I taught a brilliant group of women how to can.  I got paid for my efforts, and was very thankful for the revenue because our business is like any other retail business:...

Winterberry Jam is back in season!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Wednesday November 02, 2011   -   By Sonya

  It's Back! Winterberry Jam is my very favorite jam to snuggle up with: a good book, a warm round of Brie, and a crusty baguette spread with Winterberry Jam next to the fire.  This comfort food combination consists of tart cranberries tempered by...

It must be Christmas!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Wednesday September 14, 2011   -   By Sonya

Besides having an incredible harvest to deal with, we are inundated with loading out for our biggest show of the year, the Country Living Magazine Fair in Columbus, Ohio.   Last year, we had our hometown Applefest on the same day (our 2nd biggest show of...

A fresh marmalade morning...

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Tuesday August 30, 2011   -   By Sonya

What started as a lovely morning (70 degrees and a sunny blue sky), turned even brighter when I was presented with this golden clear marmalade.  Chad, a friend, has a penchant for making sensational and creative marmalades.  OK, I make a LOT of jams...

Perfect Girls' Getaway: B&B and Canning Classes

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Wednesday August 24, 2011   -   By Sonya

Looking for something really special, really fun to do with your girlfriends?  I think we've come up with the perfect getaway:  The Jam and Jelly Lady has teamed up with Silver High B&B to offer a weekend of crazy canning fun in one of Ohio's...

Tips for Canning Salsa

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Thursday August 18, 2011   -   By Sonya

So you've got bushels and baskets of big ripe tomatoes and need to DO something with them before they rot?  Let's SALSA! The number one condiment in the USA is the least understood when it comes to canning, however.  Inspectors at farmers' markets...

It's Salsa Season!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Thursday August 18, 2011   -   By Sonya

Our cannery smells great all the time: blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, pickling spices, peaches, etc.  But to my mind, nothing beats salsa season! The other salsa vendors at our local farmers' markets use diced, canned tomatoes and pre-cut...

Turning a sow's ear into a silk purse

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Friday July 08, 2011   -   By Sonya

Sometimes a mistake can turn out to be a good thing... It's chaotic in our little cannery this time of year, as farmers arrive daily to drop off delicious offerings of raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, black raspberries, a plethora of peppers, onions,...

Based on popular demand, we repeat "Canning with L...

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Wednesday July 06, 2011   -   By Sonya

Just finished teaching a packed house of canners tonight how to can tomatoes three ways - boy the cannery smells good!  We canned Bruschetta, Italian tomatoes, and Creole Sauce.  While waiting for the pressure canners to finish, I made little garlic...

Canning Classes: Beginner's Boot Camp in July!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Tuesday June 28, 2011   -   By Sonya

Probably the last Boot Camp we'll have for beginner's this summer is scheduled for Sunday, July 10.  Surprisingly, the positions (we only take 10 students) have gone rather quickly.  We have three left at this point.   Why don't we teach...

Thanks to our newly christened canning queens!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Monday June 13, 2011   -   By Sonya

Yesterday I had the pleasure of hosting a fabulous group of ladies who wanted to learn canning from the ground up.  Thanks so much for your enthusiasm, curiosity, creativity, and joy - you really kept me on my toes! Especially Linda Oda, my dear friend...

Ancient and modern wilderness preservation

Blog: At Home in Nature   -   Saturday June 04, 2011   -   By Mary

Though the names of Roosevelt, Mills, Muir, Thoreau are known in the United States as advocates for conservation of natural resources, the first time natural resources were conserved by a government was during the reign of the Emperor Ashoka I of what is today...

Zucchini Relish Class - didn't get "blown away!"

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Saturday May 28, 2011   -   By Sonya

  Wednesday evening posed a real problem: tornado watches abounded, yet one of our dear students, Deb, was coming from Zanesville, Ohio (over a 2 hours drive), to dive into relishes with us crazy canners.  But I couldn't get hold of her before she...

Open House: Snappin' Asparagus and Strawberry Jam!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Tuesday May 17, 2011   -   By Sonya

This weekend is typical of summer for us:  really burning the candle at both ends!  First, the West Chester Farmers Market near Cincinnati, Ohio opens. That market always opens with a bang - loads of vendors even though it's still pretty early for...

Busy as bees making Mother's Day Gift Bags!

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Friday May 06, 2011   -   By Sonya

Mother's Day - a day of rest for me, or another business day?  I've been busy helping shipping Mother's Day jam across the country (has our first ever shipment to South Dakota this week - got to put a new pin on the map!)  We ordered the cutest felt...

Preservation: My thoughts on its mystery and magic

Blog: The Jam and Jelly Lady   -   Thursday February 17, 2011   -   By Sonya

When I'm teaching a beginner's Canning Class, I always make a point of impressing on the students how utterly miraculous food preservation really is.  No, really. How is it that by applying heat to a sealed jar, you simultaneously kill bacteria that...

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