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It's Pumpkin Time

Toddler at Dave's Pumpkin Farm, by Penny Leff of Yolo County

The smell of pumpkin seeds roasting in the oven brings back memories. As a girl, my favorite part of the fall season was seeing Dad at his creative best. Daniel Martinez was a busy school teacher with a tax preparing business on the side, but come...

Posted on Friday, October 4, 2019 at 3:10 PM
Tags: Family Fun (1), Farm to Table (1), Halloween (1), Health (1), Nutrition (1)
Focus Area Tags: Family Health

Eat Dessert First--A Delectable Class for Your Holidays

I say--life is short, so sometimes you GOTTA eat dessert FIRST--so attend this class and get some good dessert recipes to eat and share--before dinner, of course!






Posted on Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Gifts From The Kitchen--Don't Miss It!

Dont miss it--this class is always VERY Popular, so sign up NOW!


Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 7:27 PM

'Janet’s Jottings' by Janet Hartin, MG Program Manager, San Bernardino and Riverside Counties

Flower boxes adorn a Dublin pub, photo by Janet Hartin

European Flower Boxes Provide Beauty and a Welcoming Ambiance. Many European countries pride themselves on colorful displays of geraniums, ivy, and other flowers adorning window planters of hotels, restaurants, and even train stations.  I had...

Posted on Friday, August 30, 2019 at 11:22 AM
  • Author: Janet Hartin
Tags: Container Gardening (1), Dublin (1), Flower Boxes (1), How-to (1), Ireland (1), Planters (1)
Focus Area Tags: Yard & Garden

Have an Over Producing Olive Tree or Know of One?

Photo by Stacey Franco on Unsplash
Olives: Safe Methods for Home Pickling
Are any of these growing near you? Thank you

How to tell if there is an olive tree in your neighborhood:  In the fall and winter you may have noticed purple stains on nearby cars, walks and/or streets. These have been deposited by birds that have taken great relish in feasting on ripe olives and wish to share the wealth (well, sorta). If you noticed this, drive around and look for the tree(s).

These olive trees can be harvested to make your own cured ripe or green olives. Are the olives dropping on someone's property or street? Ask the property owner if you can pick--lots of times they will be happy to let you take some fruit. To sweeten the pot, tell them you will rake and dispose of the drops or will try to drop off some finished olives.

Once you have procured some olives, the processing is not hard, but it does take some moderate labor and attention.

First download  Olives: Safe Methods for Home Pickling  Download it and read it thoroughly.

Pick the type of recipe for curing the olives you wish to make: green, half-ripe, fully ripe; water cured, Kalamata-style, Mediterranean-style cracked, brine-cured, Greek-style brine cured, Sicilian-style, dry salt cured, lye-cured, dark-style ripe olives, lye-cured fermented (like Spanish-style green). Yes there are a lot of different types of olives in this publication as well as out there.

Choose your preservation method--storing in brine, freezing, drying (sun drying, dehydrator drying).

Read all of the information about how you wish to make and preserve your olives again!

Get your equipment and ingredients together--Olives: Safe Methods for Home Pickling will tell you what you need.

Make your olives--and let me know how they came out! 


Posted on Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 6:00 AM

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