Every summer, when I see the abundance of fresh fruits and veggies in people’s gardens, I get the urge to break out my jars and start canning like my mom and dad used to do. Most of the time, mind you, I resist this urge. But this year, I’m thinking about giving in.
I’m not a gardener – I don’t stay in one place long enough. But I have discovered several farms where you can pick your own goodies for canning. I’m thinking of taking the RV, finding a nearby park, and making a weekend of it.
I found a handy site called PickYourOwn.org that has a list of farms, tells you what’s in season, and offers a “how to” section if you need a refresher course on canning.
(By the way, my web browser is doing something a little odd when I open the link, so you may have to click the link, then scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the info you’re looking for.) Then, just click on the cities listed, and find a farm or two. I linked directly to the Texas page, but you can search any state on this site.
Next, of course, I would start looking for a state park nearby and make my weekend plans.
My mouth is watering, just reading the list of fruits ripening right now: blackberries, blueberries, peaches, and figs. I’m envisioning a pantry full of preserves that’ll give me a bit of summer flavor all year long!
Did you grow up canning? What are some of your favorite things to can? Do you have a recipe to share?
Contributed by G. Elaine Acker