It’s been a busy couple of weeks.  With design work, teaching, homelife, and preserving… I have been swamped.  I actually missed the farmers market this morning, slept in and took today for me.  It’s been so relaxing and I’m excited to get in my kitchen and cook a nice homemade meal for the family.

As most of you know, we are in the middle of preserving season.  There are many ways to freeze, preserve and ferment to save for those long winter months ahead of us. In the next couple of weeks, make sure to stop by as I share recipes on ways to preserve pickles, beets, beans, squash, tomato’s, peaches, nectarines, apples and pears!

Today, I wanted to share with you what my friends and I call, Urban U-Pick Farms.  I know, sounds funny!  Living in the city, it’s so easy to drive by those familiar streets day by day without really taking the time to look at the trees planted in your neighbors yard.  My encouragement is to look up and take notice!  Since I started preserving a couple years ago, I started to take note of apple trees, pear trees, peach trees, and grape vines.  I was surprised to see neighbors with trees full of apples to harvest and saddened only to watch them fall one by one to the ground and compost away.  So this year, I took the plunge and house by house, I left a note asking for the harvest if the owner was not going to harvest the apples themselves.  To my delight my neighbor’s and friends were actually thrilled for someone to unload their trees!  My friends, Tracey, Bethany and I spent an afternoon picking urban apples and pears without having to leave the city and a blessing in that they were absolutely free!  Next time you see a tree loaded with fruits, keep an eye on it.  Check to see if it’s being harvested.  If not, stop by or leave a note.  You never know unless you ask 🙂  So stay tuned as I share what I’ve been preserving.  You better believe apple sauce, apple butter, pear preserves and pear jam are on their way!

Are you also in the middle of preserving exhaustion but delight in the fruits of your labor?  Please share what you’ve been canning or freezing or fermenting.  It’s so much fun to learn new recipes and techniques.  I’ll also be sharing a couple of great preserving books I’ve included in my library this year!

Here are some picks of three canning gals at our local Urban U-Pick Farms!

My friend Tracey reaching for apples!
Tracey and Bethany loading up the bags
Bethany pulling down apples
12 bags of apples
Nehe, munching on a strawberry!
Zekie, my berry face 🙂
Bethany was determined to have pears!
Jenna enjoying a pear!
3 of 9 bags filled with pears

Diana is a mother of three, proud wife, and humbled daughter of God. She finds the most joy meeting with Jesus in her organic gardens. She is completely blessed to be able to call herself a stay at home mom where she home educates her children, joyfully serves her husband, and cooks nourishing, real food, for her family. She loves connecting with people on facebook, google+, pinterest, and instagram.

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