Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam

I think I picked the first and the last of the strawberries at Olivia’s farm stand where she works this summer.  I went when they first opened in April and then again this morning. 8 weeks is a good run for a strawberry patch, so I’m told.

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These are pesticide-free and berries from Whitley Farms in Sharpsburg, Ga.

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And this is a pesticide-free child from my home in Peachtree City.

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I met a friendly fellow today at the farm.  Olivia doesn’t know his name but I’m sure he has one.  He’s a very large but not very aggressive bull.  He frolics with the resident golden retriever.  I always wanted a cow when I was growing up.  I don’t remember now why I wanted one so badly.  I think I liked their faces.  They always seem so gentle and calm.

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When I got home I decided to make some strawberry jam. I enjoy making homemade jelly and jam but I always go overboard.  Today I made 18 jars and I haven’t even made my blackberry or peach jam.  We go through it pretty fast so I think we’ll be okay. Maybe I need a Jam Van to go along with my Biscuit Bus.

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This recipe calls for 8 cups of strawberries and 7 cups of sugar.  SEVEN CUPS!

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We tested it out with some leftover pound cake.  My personal favorite is with homemade yeast bread.  Maybe I’ll make some tomorrow or maybe some biscuits.

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My 18 jars probably won’t last as long as I think they will if I keep making tasty accompaniments!  I hope you get to enjoy summer’s bounty, too.  I’m looking forward to more fresh and tasty foods from our local stands.

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