Posts Tagged With: rainbow hill farm

It’s been busy…

Goodness! I’ve been so busy cooking and creating and putting up that I haven’t exactly had time to write about anything.

20 (twenty!) quarts of sauerkraut, 8 pints of roasted corn salsa, and 5 half pints of blueberry butter

The cabbage for the sauerkraut came from Signal Mountain farm as did the blueberries for the blueberry butter. The corn in the salsa is from Rainbow Hill Farm. The variety of this corn is Luscious and Rainbow Hill is growing it as it is available in organic seed. Their farm is not certified organic yet but they are making strides! It was delicious but the ears are a bit small.  The tomatoes and onion in the salsa came from the market but neither farm appears to have a name.

15 bags of purple hull peas for the freezer

These peas came from The Dekalb County Farmers Market in Atlanta. They are local to that area and I’ve decided the Dekalb Market is my best option for buying peas in bulk as I’ve had bad luck with my pea ventures in Chattanooga. If you are anywhere close to the Dekalb Market you must check it out. It is an international market with the most amazing selection of just about everything. The prices are wonderful as well.

Sometimes I get so caught up preserving and putting away that I forget I can enjoy the goodness right now. Luckily I don’t forget for too long…

Blueberry butter…who needs bread??

Blueberry butter is something I just discovered this week in a new preserving book, Food in Jars. It is a more sophisticated version of jam. There is less sugar and the addition of lemon zest, nutmeg, and cinnamon give it a spicy flavor. Delicious!

cheers!

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Sunday Market 6-17

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! (ha! now you have a Christmas carol stuck in your head as well!) It’s the time of the year that the basket gets so heavy it seems unsafe to use the handle; you have to use 2 hands to support it from the bottom. This is not a terrible problem to have.

Blackberries – Flat Top Mountain

Blueberries, Fennel, and Cheddar Cauliflower – Signal Mountain Farm

Corn, Purple Hull Peas, Butter Beans, and Basil – various vendors

Cantaloupe and Peaches – Hazelrig Farm

Peaches – Rainbow Hill Farrm

Honey – Sale Creek Honey

Pizza Dough – Fresh Flour

Yes, we got peaches from 2 different vendors. Sometimes you need to share the love.

The peas and beans were a bit pricey at $4/pint bag but, they were already shelled. I’ve not had the best luck buying purple hull peas in Chattanooga and that is terribly disappointing to me. When we lived in Mississippi I would buy a bushel and stock the freezer. Last year was the first time I really found them around here and the quality was poor at best. These look great and I can’t wait to have my first peas of the season!

I bought a very large bunch of basil for a special project this week. The best way to store basil is to keep the stems in water. It stays nice and perky and you might even get some roots to develop.

I would love to have had blackberries to preserve as well as for snacking, but this week there will be no preserving, canning or putting up. This week I’m tackling my largest cooking endeavor yet…ice cream for 70 people! It’s a graduation gift for a very dear friend. Hopefully I’ll still be sane enough to enjoy the party!

I heard a troubling rumor at the market this week. There is a new vendor this week and I heard today that they might not actually be growing what they are selling but buying and reselling. The Chattanooga Market has a producer only policy which means that you must be the producer, grower, and/or creator of your goods. I appreciate this policy because I like to know my farmer and I like knowing that their product is as important to them as it is to me. I’ve emailed the market director for clarification so I’ll keep you posted…

cheers!

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Sunday Market! April 29

Its market day again! What a difference a week makes. There was so much more produce available this week! Strawberries (yea!), broccoli, snow peas, red leaf lettuce, carrots, radishes, kale…oh my!

Broccoli and red leaf lettuce – Rainbow Hill Farm

Snowpeas and kale – Sheerlark Farm

Strawberries – Tidwell Berry Farm

Radishes and carrots – unfortunately, in the excitement of finding purple carrots at the market, I didn’t notice the name of this new vendor. I’ll be sure to make a note next week!

Spelt Millet Bread – Bernhard’s Bread Bakery (home to the best pretzel and my favorite Sunday snack)

Half of the strawberries have been put in the freezer to save for sorbet. The snowpeas have almost all been devoured (oops!) and there are exciting things on the menu for the rest…stay tuned!

A Pure Sodaworks  apple pie soda and a Good Dog hot dog topped off the market trip this week.

cheers!

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