Buy Sauce at Target & Support Farmers

the-beekman-boysI adore the Beekman 1802 Boys. I first heard of them when they had a show on the Planet Green called the Fabulous Beekman Boys. Mom and I have been following them on facebook and we even visited them in New York 2 years ago for their Harvest Festival. AT the festival we got to tour the farm and meet the boys at their store in Sharon Springs NY.

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We bought t-shirts to support their endeavor on the Amazing Race.They won!!!

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I also bought some spaghetti sauce on our visit. Sales from this sauce were going to help farmers pay their mortgages. I thought that was a great idea! The tomatoes they use are a variety called Mortgage Lifters. I had no idea what I was in for when I first tasted the Mortgage Lifter Sauce. I tasted heaven. It is the most wonderful, freshest sauce I have ever had, and I have made sauce from tomatoes I have grown in my own little garden. Needless to say I was excited to get an email the other day about my favorite sauce, The Mortgage Lifter, will be available in select Target stores. Luckily I live in an area where I could feasibly drive to 4 Target stores. I was in luck, the store closest to me in Exton, PA was stocking it. Off I went. I bought 2 jars of the delicious sauce and enjoyed it for dinner.

Read the article From Seed to Jar to learn more about how this sauce was born.

Me at Target in Exton, PA buying my sauce.

Me at Target in Exton, PA buying my sauce.

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Enjoying Mortgage Lifter and spaghetti for dinner.

 

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A Race to Turn Red 🍅

I pared down the garden this year and planted 3 Roma Tomatoes, 1 basil, and 1 jalapeño plant. Everything went in a few weeks late because of the cold. By the end of July I picked 4 good sized jalapeños. I gave mommy the entire basil plant. She makes great pesto and will send some my way. She had no luck this year with basil. We think too much rain on Krause Mount.
Tomatoes ? I have many beautiful large green Romas. JJ found 1 red one but that’s it. I am going to experiment with a paper bag 2 in the bag and 2 on the counter. It’s a race to turn red.

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Harvesting the Basil

We have been getting so much rain and our garden is reaping the benefits. Above, is my first harvest of basil. Since I didn’t have all of the ingredients to make Pesto I decided to purée what I had and freeze it. My recipe calls for 2C basil and 1/2C olive oil. I purée, put in baggies, and freeze. I got 3 batches from my first giant bunch of basil. When I am ready to make pesto I will defrost and mix the remaining ingredients.  This recipe is so very easy and amazingly delicious. We like to serve it with fresh crusty bread and slices of Roma tomatoes. 
Pesto Recipe
2c basil
1/2C olive oil
1/4C Parmesan cheese
1 clove minced garlic
Salt

A Planting We Will Go

Every year I think to myself how nice it would be if I planned ahead and started just a few plants and flowers from seeds. A few years ago I tried but I really wasn’t paying attention to the poor little things and they dried up. Was it their fault?  Goodness no. I just keep on trying. (I’ve been listening to Pete the Cat lately)
My seeds, my seeds, my growing little seeds. I am tryingn to grow lavender, basil (love to make pesto!! and last year I spend almost $4 for a little bushel.), marigolds, and 2 kinds of tomatos.

Here are all of my little pods, 72 to be exact. I gave them a little warm water and they plumped right up. ( I think  my first attemp a few years ago I just threw the seeds on top and squired them a bit.)  With much more care this time I gingerly poked my finger in the middle to make a bigger hole and then in went the seeds. I covered them up a little bit. Put the plastic lid on the little guys and turned on the grow light.
Warmth and lighting was another area that I ignored last time. Our house is pretty chilly and I know the little seeds need the light and warmth. I bought a 60 watt bulb and I point it at the seeds for about 8 hours a day.

Let’s see what happens.
Day 3. Good Morning little marigolds.

Please don’t die 🙂
The marigolds are the first ones to show a little green.

So this is week 5 and everything but the lavender is doing well. Tomatoes, marigolds, and basil are doing fine. I think I will start new flowers soon to replace the lavender.