This post is brief but may be one of the most useful ones we’ve shared in some time – we’ve spent some time compiling the expected harvesting seasons of fruit and veg that are commonly pickled and preserved in Ontario. This chart is based on estimates for Ontario and can vary from year-to-year and your location within the province.
We should be canning again within the next 6 weeks and are looking up recipes, sharing ideas and taking stock of what we have and what we need. Brandied strawberries and cherries will be tried for the first time ever this year (for us), perhaps a liqueur or two and more jelly, pickles and jams than ever. I’m told that I haven’t lived without pickled carrots and asparagus doesn’t even appear in our chart!
There’s plans to try to make our own pectin for the first time and we’ve been swapping ideas on what to do differently (if anything) compared to what we did with our 9 bushels of tomatoes this year.
Our garlic shoots are starting to show and the herbs have been planted…
Friends have asked to come over to learn a bit from each other and there have been some discussions around a few food events that could see others here with an invite.
In short, it’s getting exciting! Share your plans in the comments – we can start to celebrate the very early beginnings of Spring!