The weather has been kind of dreary lately, cloudy, cool, some rain, even some jacket weather. But yesterday was a glorious fall day, sunny and short sleeves. I spent a good part of it outside doing some mowing and some fall clean up chores. Today isn't expected to be as nice but I will be outside most of today as well as a freeze warning has been issued for tonight and I need to harvest what I can just in case. The rest of the ten day forecast appears to look like it will stay above freezing but tonight's predicted 31 degrees could be the end of my tomatoes.
I have been doing some work in the greenhouse. I hope to begin seeding the greens this week so I am cleaning and organizing and sanitizing equipment. Last year, I had purchased a pot of strawberry plants and I overwintered them successfully so this year I am hoping to expand that and try it on a larger scale. This past spring my daughter bought some strawberry plants in little pots and we planted several together into four hanging baskets and they were outside this summer. Some of them developed runners so I have separated them and put them in hanging baskets. I also have a raised bed of strawberry plants that were given to me when a friend's patch was dismantled and those are also getting runners and some of them are trying to get a foothold outside of their wooden walls so I am hoping to get those relocated to pots for the greenhouse as well and today might be my last opportunity.
It is canning season and my excess produce is making its way to jars. I have been doing tomato recipes and some jelly. As I move through the canning process I have been dreaming about an outside canning kitchen. Earlier this summer I bought a vintage sink to use outdoors.
My plan is this winter to get it mounted on a stand and plumbed for water from the hose with another hose to drain away the water and I will use that sink to wash produce. I am also looking at outdoor cooking and propane camp stoves and flat top grills as there never seems to be enough burners for all of those big pots in my tiny farm kitchen.
I am hoping to have a farmers market update post soon. In addition to baked goods and produce sales I have been trying my hand at soap making and gluten free baking. Lots of stuff to post about.
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