So I had intended to go to the local market yesterday to buy some stuff to “put up” (apples for sauce and corn for freezing), but got into some work work that I really went to town on. I thought at the time “oh, I can just go Saturday morning and then work on the stuff all day. Problem is, it being Niagara [Grape and] Wine Festival time, Saturday morning is parade day, which makes for chaos on the streets. I’d normally walk to the market, but given that I wanted a lot of lbs of apples and about 5 dozen cobs of corn, the car (or a very big wheelbarrow) would be necessary.
So this morning I decided just to go to a farmer’s kiosk. I decided upon Beamer’s because they are related to a colleague, and I know they have lots of apples. They know apples, you might say.
Problem: they don’t know the internet, and I didn’t know where to find them in the real world. I headed in the direction that I thought one of the internet maps was pointing me to, and ended up in the south end of the peninsula. Still apple-less.
Fortunately, I had a backup plan, which involved going to the Friday Port Colborne market. when I finally got there, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s an open air market in a parking lot, in what can only be described as a bustling downtown. I’ve been to Port Colborne many times, but never seen it seem so lively.
I came home with about 40 lb of apples, 5 dozen cobs of corn, and assorted other things. I think I dropped nearly $80 in that market. (with all my driving around, I drove right into lunch time, so I was shopping on an empty stomach!).
I’m now poised for the rest of my day. First, blanch the corn, cut it off the cobs (got a new cobber tool which I’m looking forward to using) and get it into the freezer. Second, cut up those apples, core them (got a new melon baller for that job) and begin the applesauce. If I have to wait until tomorrow for that, i will do so. for the sake of sanity. the intended outcome is: bags of frozen corn, lots of applesauce; some apple preserves; and a bit of apple chutney.
Oh, and KEL, take note. I spoke to one of the apple guys. He said that now is the time to get tart apple cider, because in the next few weeks the tart stuff will be replaced with sweeter. I bought a gallon of the stuff to try. And I got their card. Seems everyone gets their cider pressed in Ancaster. Another reason for me to make my own cider press, I figger.
As you can probably tell, I’m in this canning gig for the toys.
Off to shuck.