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Jelly Time

The past few days have been overcast and cool with an accumulation of almost 30mm of rain. Not bad for garlic but growers of tomatoes and peppers were hoping for a little more heat and sun. Regardless we all need a little more heat soon to get the season developing in the right direction. In the meantime farmersdotter has been making Peony Jelly from the delicate bloosoms in the garden.

PeonyJellyPrep
PeonyJellyPrep

The result is a sweet-floral jelly with a brightness that might ripen those tomatoes and peppers on a cloudy day like today. A new jelly for us this year is Spruce Tip. Tips from pine and fir can be used too but we are fortunate to have a few vigorous blue spruce so Spruce Tip Jelly it is. Recipes needn’t be complicated. A simple place to begin is Bernardin’s Jams and Jellies recipe page.

Spruce Tips
Spruce Tips

For me its time to fire the bakery oven for this weekend. Do weeds stop for cloudy weather? Time to thin apricots too.

Apricots
Apricots

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