Saturday, August 28, 2010

We Have Set A Date!

It's official! We have committed to a date and will be extracting honey next Saturday, September 4, 2010. We will take pictures of the whole process and post them here when we are done.

I plan on taking a couple of jars to Rawlins, WY on September 11th for a silent auction at a Constitution Day dinner and fund raiser for the newly organized Constitution Party of Wyoming. It would be well worth your while to make it there that day- Scott Bradley, a constitutional authority, will be the guest speaker. Besides that, you can bid on my honey! If anyone would like more details I would be happy to pass them along.

In a non-bee related subject. I dug the beets this afternoon. Here is a photo of the beet harvest.
This is our first year with beets so we didn't plant very many. We will can them on Monday. If all goes well and we enjoy eating them this winter we might plant more of them next year.

This is always a busy time of year. Besides the beets, all the rest of the produce in our yard is getting ready to harvest. That also means canning and processing. Honey will be extracted next weekend and will need to be bottled. Tomatoes will all be ripening soon and that means tomato sauce. Apples will be ready to be picked sometime in September. Last year we canned apple pie filling; we are thinking about making apple sauce this year. Grapes will be picked about the first week in October. They will become juice or jelly. Onions, peppers, and some tomatoes will become salsa. We will dig the potatoes and carrots about the second week in October and will be used to can stew. It all keeps us busy- but it is so satisfying.


Mike and Marianne Grant said...

I just found a recipe for Honey Jelly. Try this out and see if it works.
1 cup honey
1/4 cup water
1/8 cup liquid fruit pectin

Heat honey and water to boiling, stirring constantly. Add liquid fruit pectin and bring back to boil. Allow to cool in jelly jars.

I guess it is still honey but acts like jelly and spreads well.

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