Well, the fruits of summer are rolling in! I’ve been so busy the last few weekends harvesting and pickling. I’ve made a Bread ‘n Butter with a twist – no sugar added! The sweetness in these pickles come from honey! I have some lacto-fermented Spicy Dill Pickles bubbling right now in a glass crock. These pickles include whole cucumbers, sliced banana peppers, pearl onions, garlic (lots of garlic), whole fresh okra and sprigs of fresh dill…all of the veggies are from the BFF! And last, but certainly not least, I’m making Dilly Beans. I am new to the idea of Dilly Beans – basically Dill Pickles made with string beans instead of cucumbers – but it turns out it’s in my blood. My paternal grandmother used to make them all the time! And my mom loves them…so, I gathered in about 8-9 pounds of fresh string beans, cleaned the ends, snapped them, tossed with some spices and jarred them up tight. Mom will be my taste tester in a couple weeks to see how they compare with grandma’s Dilly Beans.
In the next couple of weeks, I’ll post some new events to the calendar for the Fall. And if any of my BFFs out there know of local farmer’s markets or fairs that we can be a part of, please don’t hesitate to send a note through the Contact Form on the site!
Until next time…stay healthy, eat fresh and buy locally!