Saturday Poulsbo Farmer’s Market

Saturday gave us one of those beautiful sunny September days that we all treasure just before the winter rains set in for the season. It was a great day to be at the Poulsbo Farmer’s Market, made even better by the cheerful Oktoberfest sounds from the Hometown Band. Squashes are in! I started my winter squash collection with six acorn squash, one hubbard, and a couple of pumpkins. Last winter I kept a basket of winter squash in my basement and they lasted all the way to February. That’s not all – I found something so exciting at Lazy J Farm that I actually had to take a few deep breaths to calm down before I could talk. Celery. I was amazed that the stall wasn’t completely sold out before I got there. I told the folks there that I was going to freeze them, and they made me a … Continue reading

First apple butter of the season

Today the scent of apples filled the house. I figured I’d better process them before they spoiled. At the Poulsbo Farmer’s Market last Saturday a boy was selling transparents, and I bought his whole lot. He said he likes them as applesauce. A farmer told me homesteaders loved these apples because they’re the first in the season. They’re a fairly small yellow apple, very sweet. I took the apples outside to the pavilion, used to eat summer dinners, entertain guests, and as a summer kitchen. I peeled the apples and dropped them into a bowl of water with some lemon squeezed in. Then I cut them up into fairly small bits. I had a pound of apple chunks when I was done. I put those in a pot and added half a cup of sugar, half a teaspoon of cinnamon and a quarter teaspoon of cloves. Brought this to a … Continue reading