Sunday, August 19, 2012

Pumpkins!!!

 We headed north yesterday to hit all of the farm markets.  I was hoping to buy lots of tomatoes to make more summer sauce and to find some sweet corn. I casually pulled into the first parking lot and immediately stopped in my tracks and jumped out of the car.

 I never expected to see this sight!  Pumpkins!!!  This is the earliest I have ever seen them.  I was so excited. And also sad that I couldn't share my find with Kary.  She would have been so happy.

 Teddy was happy that we found pumpkins.  They attract the squirrels each year which Teddy finds very appealing.

 I bought free range Amish eggs.

 And a great big roaster to make for Teddy.  That puppy girl sure likes her roasted chicken.

 This place has a wonderful butcher shop so I stocked up on their smoked bacon, garlic sausage rings and round roast which will be for Teddy too.

 I bought hot sausage, a rump roast and chuck steaks.

 Freshly ground meat, their homemade kielbasa and liver for Teddy.

 Meat sticks for The Blog Tech and Amish butter.

 They make their own meat sticks and they are wonderful.

 The we hopped around to small farm stands around the area.  Most of the farms have groaning boards of vegetables for sale at really reasonable prices.  All of the vegetables had just been picked since we were the first customers and arrived very early.

 Two gallons of freshly squeezed cherry cider.

 As I type my hands are red from pickling these guys.

 Jumbo green peppers.

  Amish made soup and halushki noodles.

 Blackstrap molasses and local buckwheat honey.  I love buckwheat anything.

 The first apples of the year which went straight to The Blog Tech.  That kid sure can eat apples!

 These will be made into pickles when I finish writing this post.

 These have already been made into jam.  Fresh berries disintegrate so quickly it makes you wonder what is in the ones you buy at the store.

And last but not least...THE PUMPKINS!!!  I only bought three since I know we are in for more hot weather which might do them in.  I can't wait to get more soon.  I will post what I did with my bounty over the next couple days.

19 comments:

laurie said...

oh so much goodies!!!!I bet you are a happy woman, wow, lots of yumminess and Teddy must be happy as well.Pumpkins already!!! Wow!That amish butter would be amazing, well everything sounds great!

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

OMG! What a beautiful bunch of stuff you got. You have motivated me to head for my Amish community, only an hour away. I love their meats.

thecottagebythecranelakeolof1 said...

Oh I wish we had more markets like that over here! So many good things!

I think those meat sticks are the same as we call beer sausages, not because it's beer in them but people like to eat them while drinking beer :-)

That Buck Wheat honey tastes amazing! The jar I got from You last year got empty very quickly :-) :-) :-) I've never eaten honey tasting like that before.

I doubt that anyone that did sow pumpkins here this spring got any, too much rain and too cold weather. My winter squashes hasn't even flowered yet :-) :-) :-)

Have a great day!
Christer.

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

Cherry cider? That sounds so refreshing,
I'm releived to see the things you cook Teddy. U Know who's Teddy scarfed up the rib eye and John is wondering what next? I told him
Prime rib with au jus.
You peeps that live close to Amish farm stands are making this California girl go crazy!
xx
julie

annie said...

Love all these photos, everything looks so appealing! Teddy eats better than we do! I enjoy the recipes you post!

Patty Woodland said...

You must be ecstatic!

Suzie said...

Ha! Wait until I tell my Hubs that you found pumpkins! Every week when we go and get bird seed, I tell him that they are going to have 1. Mums, 2. Pumpkins & Gourds, and 3.) Halloween decor. . well, the week before last, the mums had arrived. We didn't go last week, because we were out of town, so I expect to see BIG hints of Fall when we go this week!

All of that produce looks so beautiful, and so yummy! I'm anxious to see what you do with it all. Each photo is a piece of art!

Margaret said...

What an exciting post! We saw pumpkins today too! I love all your purchases! I was thinking about everything I would make with what you bought! I went to a market earlier and bought chicken for some chicken soup this week. I love the egg carton with the amish buggy! When I come to PA I buy my eggs from the farm--beautiful brown eggs. If you go into Intercourse PA you must go to Kauffmans--the Amish supermarket. You would love it! Teddy is sure a lucky fella! Love, Maggie

Guillaume said...

I cannot believe you can find pumpkins so early. Amazing.

Nicarus said...

Incredibly exciting haul!! I love just about everything you got. I love buckwheat pancakes, but have never heard of or had buckwheat honey. It must be delicious!
Hurray for your pumpkins!! I know you are very very happy to have seen and got some!!
Lots more Halloween magazines in the stores this weekend. I have gotten 6 of them so far.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I cannot believe that there are ripe pumpkins available ALREADY! What does THAT say about global warming?!

mrsduncanmahogany said...

What a haul! I have never heard of those noodles, but them look delicious. It all looks delicious! Nice pumpkins!

Judith said...

OMG! Your better then me, I would have bought up all of the pumpkins I could find. I found some super recipies for differant flavored pumkin seeds... and I'm ready to try them out!

SharleneT said...

I love their Blackstrap Molasses and wish I could get some, here. Doggone it. Great haul. Looking forward to the upcoming recipes, too.

Laura said...

That sounds like a fabulous market to visit. I can't wait to find pumpkins here. :-)

blessings
~*~

Barb said...

What a wonderful shopping trip!! And the pumpkins Yea!

Ina in Alaska said...

My dogs are wondering if they can keep Teddy company.... She sure eats good!!

You got amazing goodies. And are very industrious!! Whew I'm tired. Enjoy!!

lynney62 said...

Wow! I read your blog everyday....I had no idea you were so rich! Buying real meat for your dog.....amazing. I guess the recession just passed you by!

TARYTERRE said...

I saw some pumpkins in a field a few weeks ago as far as the eye could see. It did my heart good. At my house I have dispensed with summer completely. I LOVE all your finds at the market. Such a wonderful place to shop. Nothing like that anywhere around here. Can't wait to see what you are gouing to do with all those scru8mptious goodies.