Providence Corner Blog
The Leaning Tower of Peaches on Providence Rd
Ok, so its very cold outside in Texas tonight and you've made some really good soup or stew or like me some chili. What do you need to go with that? Hot biscuits? Rolls? Homemade bread and homemade jam? Of course! I had that and it was d,e.l.i.c.i.o.u.s.
Take a peak! You thought I was kidding about the bread but I do actually bake bread on really cold days and spread one of my jams on it. YUM! They taste good with store brought bread too! So comfort yourself & family with hot food, warm bread and delicious jam.
You can thank me later....
Well, we're 10 days into a new month, a new year and a new decade. 2019 went out with a bang and I am guessing that 2020 will be an interesting year too. Starting to calculate the cost for changes to the back labels for the half-pint and pint jars. We are not excited about having to discard ALL of the labels with the Duncanville address & telephone number and change it to reflect the Cedar Hill contact information. Pretty sure HD Reflections, the signage company, wont be none too excited either. Then again...maybe they will. I think we all know why... So it looks like we may have as many as 13 different labels to change. Ugghh! I'll need to take out a loan to pay for all of these!
2020 you have got to treat me a little better...
In 2019 we sold our product at a farmers market 14 times. We did 7 specialty shows, gave out samples on 5 different dates at the State Fair of Texas and sold our goods at 1 college homecoming. We met up with growers, visited farms or backyard gardens and hand-picked much of the produce we processed. We then spent numerous hours in the commercial kitchen cooking the produce and recording the process. Whew! I'm tired just writing about it!
In 2020 we hope to grow some of the produce in our raised garden beds that are yet to be built by Brother Roberts... The compost bin is already working towards turning dried leaves, coffee grinds, egg shells and fruit/veggie peelings into some fertile soil. Texas summers can be brutal to a lawn and gardens are not excluded. I'm pretty anxious to see how all of this turns out. I hope to record the process from building the raised beds, to planting, to harvesting. I usually had a summer garden in N.Carolina that usually did pretty well. Hopefully, some of those skills I used then will transfer to Texas. Having an ag extension person, (like T.C.) went a long way. We hope to video both the good & not so good aspects of our gardening experience. So, stay tuned to our upcoming adventures and feel free to make suggestions, pat us on the backs or tell us when we messed up, which I expect might be often!
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
Attended the mixer @ Friendship West Friday evening. The vendors met each other, the pastor & event organizer over a light meal. We got to introduce ourselves & our businesses to the group. At West Wall Street, we got to introduce & sell our products to members & visitors. Quay assisted me & Nadeerah helped Janet at Tea Tea & Company. We all had a fantastic time!
I know cooler weather has arrived but we're starting to plan for a spring/summer garden. The compost bin finally got here and Ken assembled it. I've already added leaves, fruit & veggie peelings, egg shells, coffee grinds and grass clippings to the bin. Hope to add some chicken manure from the We Over Me Farm soon. It may look like I'm adding trash to the compost bin but, in a few months it'll have rich black soil! Please share any good advice on composting.
good compost material = healthy soil = great garden
So I know what I'm about to tell you has nothing to do with making preserves but, it is about food. An organization here in southwest Dallas County, Altrusa International is scheduled to help feed some of the homeless population in Dallas tomorrow. We were asked to donate cakes. Members could easily buy store-made cakes and serve them. But these amazing ladies choose to bake pound cakes from scratch today for the meal tomorrow. We are, treating people like family; the way we would like to be treated if the shoes were on our feet.
My cake didn't turn out too well...it fell like the Berlin Wall, I turned it into bread pudding. But, not to shirk my duties, I purchased the main cake ingredients-flour, sugar, eggs, butter and oil and gave them to another member, Ms. Debra who is an excellent cook, to make it happen. It looks like Altrusa will be donating between 8 to 10 homemade cakes tomorrow. Its good to know people, like Altrusa International of Southwest Dallas County, are willing to make the extra effort for those who are unable to.
So Tuesday we made 3 different batches of jam. So glad we had frozen some fruit when it was in season because there is no local fruit available right now.. We got side-tracked and 4got to turn 2 jars right-side-up, so... those 2 jars look a little different from the rest. FYI, we don't use concentrated lemon juice for our Peach and Berry-Peachy Jam. You get the real thing, fresh lemons! Sometimes you even get a seed or two...(not on purpose)
No shows this weekend. But, we'll be up and running Nov 16, 24 and 30th
It was a busy wknd & we are zapped! I'm still in pajamas and its 2pm Sunday afternoon! So to answer your question, "No I did not go to church this morning".
We sold produce grown by the students @Paul Quinn College at the market on Friday. It was a purple & gold kind-of-day. Next time I go to that market, I want to take a pic of me holding one of the chickens they are raising. Then again, maybe not...
My 1st customer was Melawn, a USMC veteran, She enjoyed sampling some of the products. Some of the yellow jackets tried to taste and see too!
Saturday's event at the 1st Christian's Disciples Church was also a huge success. As usual, we forgot to take pics. There were 4 ladies from Dallas, Duncanville & Grand Prairie who each purchased several jars. Because of them, we will be back in the commercial kitchen this Tuesday making more product for the upcoming 3 shows this month.
The gift box containing Mild Chow-Chow, Cinnamon Cucumber Rings and Hot Chow-Chow was a popular item this weekend.
It may be renamed "The State Fair Special" since they were all sold there last month.
We will be exhausted after having done 2 shows by Saturday evening. On Friday, Nov 1st, Ken & I will be at Paul Quinn College for their annual homecoming celebration. We will be selling some of our products made with the produce from Paul Quinn's WE OVER ME FARM. Expect to see Squash Pickles, Bread & Butter Pickles, Cinnamon Cucumber Rings, Chow-Chow and Peach Habanero Jam.
On Saturday, Nov. 2nd, We will be at 1st Christian Disciples Church from 9am until 4pm.. All products will be available for purchase. Four ounce, eight ounce and sixteen ounce jars can be purchased in a gift box if desired. You choose which products you want in your gift box!
Looking forward to seeing you this wknd!
The Methodist Marketplace went over pretty well. It was great seeing some of my returning customers. At the advice of Ken, I did not take any Strawberry or Peach Jam since one of the ministries at the church had made some & was selling it there.
Believe me I wanted to bring some of my jams.
Connected with Josie of Josie's Bistro who was also there selling her products.
Pics below: Me w/ 1st customer of the day & Josie & I with our products
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