Hello all. I do apologize that I have not written more on this blog in the last month. It feels like I’ve been doing nothing but harvesting and canning for the last few weeks.
Tomatoes come in by the wheelbarrow every few days, and pears and jalapeños now as well. I’ve made lots of tomato jam, pear butter and candied jalapeños for upcoming events.
The other big thing I’ve been nurturing is a new partnership with the Cincinnati Nature Center. If you aren’t familiar with it, the nature center is a real treasure here in Cincinnati. The main location is in Milford and the second old farm is out in Goshen. It is a serene natural landscape with well-tended trails, lots of fabulous programs for members and a knowledgeable and friendly staff. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend you try it out the last weekend of September. Admission is free to all for Great Outdoors weekend!
Anyway, I met the education director through a foraging group and he connected me with the head of the gift shop. Part of their mission is to help people learn about native plants and they’ve been doing this through food, which appeals to just about everyone! So my flower jellies were a perfect fit for the shop.
Yesterday I went and dropped off my first load of jellies, some foraged tea and a poison ivy salve. After we finished, I set off for an early morning walk in the woods. I wanted to share some of the enchantment of this place with you…
It really is no match for the real thing though! Get over there and see it for yourself – and check me out in the gift shop while you’re there.