Summer vacations are done for a lot of people. Children and teachers are back in school, and the routine starts again. For a lot of farmers that have their kids or students helping them through the summer this time of year can be a bit of a shock.(Yikes that extra help in the field and at market is gone!)
This is also the time for the field crops to be at their peak, like tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, zucchini, and beets. Fall is also the time to start planning ahead for the taste of summer in the winter by freezing, preserving or drying excess summer vegetables.
Tomatoes are a very versatile crop to put away for the winter time. If you do not have a lot of time to can tomato sauce for the winter, then we have you covered. We have a variety of sauces at the market to provide a quick and tasty meal.
For those of you who have a desire to learn about canning, preserving, and savouring the tastes of the summer we will be starting classes soon over at Furnace Falls Farm. We will keep you updated on our Facebook pages: Wendy's Country Market, and Furnace Falls Farm. Make sure to follow us there!
Simple Preserving Recipes
Tomato Marinara Base
Sweet Corn – Frozen for the Winter
This is how we do it. The best corn for freezing we find is Super Sweet (high sugar content that will not be starchy).
Drying herbs is an easy way to ensure great tasting herbs in those winter stews, soups and also your christmas turkey. We hang herb bundles from the rafters in our shed. (You need a dry and dark spot to eliminate bleaching the colour from the sun). If you do not have a nice breeze, turn a fan on low to help dry the herbs.
The best herbs for drying this way are sage, basil, savory, thyme, rosemary and dill.
After the herbs are dried we spread them on a newspaper, strip the leaves from the stalk, and put into glass jars.
Have a Great Week.
Rick & Wendy & Leigha
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Wendy Banks is a 6th generation farmer from Lyndhurst, Ontario. She runs Wendy's Country Market with her husband, Rick Trudeau.