Providence Corner Blog
The Leaning Tower of Peaches on Providence Rd
After several visits to the commercial kitchen, we're back at making preserves. So far, we've made Strawberry Jam, Berry-Peachy Jam, Mild & Hot Chow-Chow, Dilly Beans, Tomato Pear Chutney, Squash Pickles and Watermelon Rind Pickles. You can find many of these products at The Market store on Houston Street in Cedar Hill. You can also find our jams with the From the Dirt Farm at Dallas Farmers Market. We will still be selling directly to you at various events and markets throughout the season.
The preserve-making season is upon us (me). We will be in the commercial kitchen this coming Monday. (But first, let us fill the orders already placed). We're ready to start making our first batches of Jams, Chow-Chow and Pickles As the season progresses, more preserves will be made. We hope to share some pics & a video or two with you real soon.
We'll keep preserving those memories
Berry-picking and berry-breaking days are here.
After 4 months of calling and searching the web for canning jars, I finally found the ones I'd been looking for and ordered them today! There has been a canning shortage for about the last 6- 8 months. I guess so many people were home because of the pandemic, that they decided to try their hands at different things they were curious about and canning happened to be one of them. OK amateurs, the country is slowly starting to open back up. so go back to doing your daily routine you had before house confinement and let us canners start making your favorite jams, pickles and chow-chow!
In this life, if love does not prevail,
We will lose friends,
We will lose relationships
And maybe even family
But, make sure you don't lose yourself
Preserve good thoughts
If you answer "yes" to any or all 3 questions below, we can help you.
Is it still cold where you are?
Does warm/hot food make you feel better inside?
Does certain aromas remind you of home?
Well, our Southern Biscuit Mix can make you feel much better...There's nothing like eating a freshly-made, hot buttered biscuit when its cold outside to make you feel better and remind you of Grandmas' house. Our biscuits will make any jam taste GOOD!
This season has been like no other!
In January 2020 I had lots of product left to sell from the previous year (2019) but few customers. Business was slow in early 2020. But in January 2021, the reverse is true. I am completely out of product, (thanks to an amazing customer) but I already have several orders! AND, to top it all off, there is a jar shortage!!! Yes, a JAR SHORTAGE. It appears, since so many people are at home due to Covid-19, they have decided to try their hands at canning or candle making or some other skill that requires 4oz, 8oz and 16oz jars. All of us in the canning business are feeling the jar scarce. Because I use locally & regionally grown, in-season produce, I am not feeling the jar pinch - yet. My supplier has assured me weekly (because that is how often I call them) that I will have my jar order filled within 6 weeks. I am counting the days!
So, with all the new jam makers out there, surely you need some Providence Preserves Southern Biscuit Mix. Trust me you will not be disappointed. You can place your order online or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make breakfast extra special; the jam and butter are waiting.
Don't forget you can:
Try and Fail
and Still Succeed
Don't stop preserving good memories!
Duncan Switch Street Market was suppose to have been the last selling event for Providence Preserves in 2020. Well all of that changed. Two days before the market, all of my products were sold to 3, yes 3, local customers in the DFW area. It was a pleasant surprise & a blessing all-in-one! We are completely out of product until spring of 2021. The Cedar Hill Market on Houston Street in Cedar Hill may still have a few of my products on the shelves, But if not, you will also find some other delicious goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth there.
Family, friends & customers, both near & far, thank you for your support, encouragement & patronage this year. It is sincerely appreciated.
From our kitchen to yours,
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Providence Preserves LLC
Its Christmas dinner and you suddenly realize you forgot to get the pickles like Grandma use to serve!
Only got a few jars left. Better hurry!!!
Bread & Butter Pickles, Watermelon Rind Pickles, Squash Pickles.
All great conversation pieces at dinner.
Two black women, both from Elizabeth City NC, both related to me either directly or by marriage, influenced me in my canning journey, aka making preserves. One lady was a maternal aunt, Elsie Burke. Aunt Elsie was one of my mother's six sisters. She grew lots of veggies in her very large garden. What she didn't give away or freeze, she canned. As a young teen, I was privileged to watch her make amazing pickles, vegetables and fruit preserves but never allowed to assist. Today I make a sweet & spicy pickle in her honor. This pickle is only given to first cousins who can appreciate the story behind the pickles. Aunt Elsie was probably more spicy than sweet! All of my cousins and much of ECity can attest to that. The other lady was my mother-in-love Erma Roberts. Ma Roberts was also a canner. She made excellent Bread & Butter Pickles. Unlike Aunt Elsie, she allowed me to not only watch her but assist too. After I retired, Ma Roberts would assist me with making preserves. I could always count on her to help me prep for WHATEVER I was planning to can. I remember one summer day, I think in 2010, while we were peeling apples, our bowl of fruit slid across the table. We later learned it had been an earthquake. She and I decided a good name for that batch of cooked apples should be called "Earthquake Applesauce". It was some of the best applesauce I had ever made!
Both of these ladies loved the idea of me making preserves. They saw my canning as preserving a lost artform that they enjoyed doing. Aunt Elsie transitioned from this life in December 2010. My mother-in-love has now started her transitioning. I will always treasure their gift of preserving they imparted to me.
I believe there is something very special about making