The blog has been neglected as we prepare for Junkfest, a six hour frenzy of treasures with around 100 vendors. It’s held at the Foster County Fairgrounds because it’s the only place big enough for all these deals! I have been making jam, salsas, and zucchini relish nonstop; tonight we will slap labels on all of the product (our son is not looking forward to this and my husband conveniently left for his hitch) and tomorrow when my sister arrives, we will take it all to Carrington to prepare for Saturday. All in all it’s a lot of fun and we hope to see you out there! There will be junk, refurbished junk, collectibles, baked goods, canned goods (like mine!) and so much more.
This week I created some new jalapeno flavors for the jam including rhubarb, strawberry, and blueberry-all are pretty tasty! The rhubarb looks a little ugly since both are a green base of sorts, but the tartness of the rhubarb and the heat from the jalapenos make it a fun spread with cream cheese.
I am fighting a losing battle with a beetle in my garden. It started in the raspberries, moved to the corn, is flirting with the tomatoes, and yesterday was found snacking on the cantaloupe. What is going on here?! I see its pattern; it finds soft, ripe fruit to nibble on and then goes crazy reproducing. It makes bunnies look like school girls. When you look at the list above, one may say, “Hmm, I get the first three, but how is a cantaloupe soft?” It gets help from another critter-something is biting through the rind and THEN they get invited to the party. I never spray for bugs, but I am going to have to make an exception and start because they are out of hand.
Yesterday was a gorgeous day to be in the garden; cauliflower, beans, cantaloupe and tomatoes were picked and let me say, the tomatoes are here and there and everywhere. Somehow I need to make four batches of salsa today and tomorrow just to keep up with the tomatoes; not sure how I’m going to accomplish this. I also need to squeeze in a batch of raspberry-cantaloupe jam because that sold out quickly last year; if you like raspberries with your cantaloupe, you’ll love the flavor of this jam.
I’ll end with a picture of our dining room table; it’s filled with jars, as is the hallway, the laundry room and even the storage room where they’re supposed to go. Yesterday a contractor came out, looked at the jars, and stated the obvious: “Looks like you need to build a bigger pantry.” Yep, he’s right.
Good luck to all the vendors on Saturday-come to Carrington, ND, and see what all the fuss is about!