Sunday, September 26, 2010

Welcome Indian summer

It looks like we are having an Indian summer, with no forecast for frost within the next 10 days. The Old Farmer's Almanac predicted a hard winter, though when it does get here.
I had been scurrying around like a squirrel burying nuts: making salsa, canning tomatoes and freezing enough to make my freezer bulge. Now, I am just enjoying the delightful result of continued high temperatures, and eating beans off the vine. So far, no sign of deer. The Swiss chard will last till Thanksgiving, if the weather cooperates and the deer leave it alone.
Our Brussel sprouts produced a bumper crop. I left the top sprouts on, because they are smaller and the plant is hardy enough to endure pretty cold temperatures, well past our first frost.
A disappointment was our zucchini plants. They had beautiful leaves and blooms, and I would notice a zuke growing, then it would be gone in a few days. I finally saw one in the process of rotting. The zukes would grow to a small size, then shrivel up and decompose. By the time I realized it, its too late. I've never had a problem having way too much zucchini until this year. I'll be on watch for that next year.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Farmer's markets and orchards locations

Here are links for locations and hours of farmer's markets and orchards in Michigan.

The Michigan Farmer's Market Association at has a good list of markets with addresses and open times here. Click here for Oakland County: Find your local famer's market

Here's a good list of apple orchards by area:

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Get the Ball Blue Book Guide

Get the Ball Blue Book Guide to Home Canning, Freezing & Dehydration. It is a very good, easy-to-reference guide, and it only costs around $5.99 at and at Meijer in the home canning section.