New Item: Organic Seedless Raspberry Jam!

I have a new item in my Etsy ShopOrganic Seedless Raspberry Jam!

Delicious, amazing and fantastic!  Everything that you would expect from Raspberry Jam; plus, no seeds!  Woot!  Woot!

Whitney and I headed up to Auburn on one summer morning, and picked these from a U-Pick Farm ourselves! We had lots of fun picking the berries, and there were so many on the bushes that we picked over 30 lbs. in less than an hour!  Before it even got SUPER hot (it turned into a 100°+ day).

Grown in the rolling foothills of true California Gold County in the small town of Auburn. These organic raspberry bushes have never seen a drop of pesticides or fumigants. Grown at an organic U-Pick Farm ran by an awesome Husband – Wife Team that has been in operation since the 1980s, each raspberry was selected by yours truly!

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New Item: Organic Apricot Jam

I have a new item in my Etsy Shop: Organic Apricot Jam!

I have been waiting for this jam for over a year!  Last year, unfortunate late spring storms pretty much decimated the organic apricots in Northern California, and those that were left over were either hit with diseases or were outrageously expensive.  So last year, I made no apricot jam.  I ate the last of 2009’s jam early this year and I was definitely sad that there was no more to take its place!

Surprisingly, this year the apricots were once again hit by late storms, a freak frost, etc. but somehow persevered and I was lucky enough to get a couple dozen pounds of primo organic fruit from a great family farm out of the Stockton, CA area.  I have to say that this is the best batch of apricot jam that I have ever made.  And really I had very little to do with it; the fruit is just amazing.  Perfectly balanced sweetness and tartness and a lovely strong taste and aroma of apricots.

$6 a half pint.

And here are a couple of recipes for using Apricot Jam in desserts:

Apricot Jam Cookies (with a ginger kick!)

Baked Brie in Puff Pastry (super easy dessert! just substitute with apricot jam!)

June, June, June

How did we get here this quick?  I am always shocked when it is June and another year is half-way gone.

Whitney and I have been keeping busy with multiple graduations (Congrats Sam, Rosalyn & Keegs!), seeing family and friends (yes, you “No-Name”).

Since Summer actually decided to come out and play and kick Spring’s ass last week, a lot of fruit is coming into season!  Finally!  We are close to a month and a half behind up here in Sacramento/Northern California.  Though this means lower crop yields for some fruits, it usually extends the season.  So it is time to get my ass in high gear and to making some new stuff for the Etsy Shop and to share with friends and family.

I have a favorite jam that will be out next week!  I’m excited because it is DELICIOUS!  Can’t wait.  Here are some random pics in the mean time.

Mostaza en flor. It's everywhere

A rice paddy.

The survivor tomatoes that sorely need to be planted into the ground

A canna blooming

Another unspecified wildflower of Whitney's

Eggs for Breakfast

For my first meal from the chicken eggs, I decided on something simple and decidedly eggy- an omelet.  It is amazing to see the difference in color in the egg yolks (bright orange) and the taste.  They just taste better.  I know that is hard to quantify, but trust me; the difference is there.  Made homemade biscuits to go with and had some of the last of the homemade Olallieberry jam.  Breakfast was basically as local as you could get.  Well, I guess I could mill my own flour, but I think that I have enough committments at the moment.

See how orange!

Breakfast was delicious