Every year we have this discussion, What to do with the extra berries from the farm? This year, I have finally figured it out, I made freezer jam with last years berries! With the berry season coming quickly, we needed to do something with the surplus of berries from last year.
I was very nervous, considering this is my first time attempting jam. So I followed the directions very carefully, and I was pleasantly surprised that my first batch came out perfect!!
Since I had great success with the first go around, tonight I tried it again. The first batch was marrionberry, and tonight’s batch was Blueberry. The blueberry looked really runny, I hope it turns our. Here are some pics of my jam making process!
Thawed Marrionberries, Grown here on the farm :)
Thawed Blueberries, also grown here on the farm!
Smash the MB's with a potato masher.
Chopped the BB's in the food processor (I love my food processor)
Sugar, water and pectin.
MB Jam all done!
BB Jam all done. 7 pints. I hope it sets, it looks really runny! We will see tomorrow.
I made 4 pints of MB jam with 3 cups of sugar, and 4 pints with 2 cups of sugar. The one with 3 is better surprisingly, it take more like the berries then the other! I am addicted now!
Another thing I accomplished this weekend was getting my "big garden" Planted!! Well, most of it! I was so relieved to get it done!
Sorry it has been so long in between updates. The weather still is not cooperating very well. I have not gotten my big garden area planted yet, but I do have my corn area planted in the second garden. Here are some pictures of what is going on in the greenhouse.
Kandy Korn that is going to go into my main garden.
My pride and joy! Tomatoes :)
Big beef Tomato! This is the first year I have had tomatoes actually set this early! I was so excited whe I first saw it. I think this plant now has about 8 on it!
My sweet pea tomato!
Can you see my red strawberries? I have ate 1 so far!
Bell peppers, tiger melons and sweet potato starts!
Cantelop, my 2 lonely onions, and celery.
My little lettuce starts!
Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Zuccini.
The carrots I grew in the greenhouse. They were really good too :)
My corn field!
Another view of the corn field