Farmer’s Market, jam and dried herbs

Monday,  I was a busy girl. It’s true. The 107F degree heat, a yucky sinus headache and the threat of rolling blackouts did not faze me (much).

My daughter and I went to the Farmer’s Market. Here is what we bought.

We bought

  • leeks
  • corn
  • onions
  • peaches
  • 8-ball squash
  • garlic
  • avocados
  • zucchini and yellow squash
  • spinach
  • cucumbers
  • green tomatoes
  • grape tomatoes
  • big, juicy red tomatoes
  • 3 pints of blackberries

We also stopped at Sunflower (a grocery market) and picked up

  • 1 bag of rainbow chard
  • 2 bunches of cilantro
  • 2 bunches of kale
  • buttermilk
  • half and half
  • heavy cream

I spent a little more than $40 between the Farmer’s market and the Sunflower market.

When we got home, I knew that I wanted to make jam with the blackberries and I knew that I wanted to try using my dehydrator to dry the cilantro.

Making jam (adapted from a Ball Blue Book recipe)

I made blackberry lemon jam.

  • 4 1/2 cups of fresh (washed and cleaned) blackberries
  • 5 cups of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of grated lemon peel
  • 1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of pumpkin pie spice
  • 6 Tablespoons of Ball classic pectin

Place berries in a pan large enough to accommodate the ingredients. Crush berries. Mix sugar and pectin together. Add the sugar mixture to the berries. Mix well. Add the lemon peel and lemon juice. Mix well. Add the pumpkin pie spice. Mix well.

Bring mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil hard (rolling boil) for 1 minute.

Remove from heat. Skim foam, if necessary. Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch head-space.

Place lids on, process in boiling water bath for 15 minutes.

Cool, check the lids for proper seal, and store in a cool place. Can store for up to 1 year.

Now, on to the food dehydrator.

We washed the cilantro, dried it and pulled it off of the stems.

My super cute helper placed the cilantro on the drying racks.

Into the food dehydrator they went, 2 hours later they were crispy and crumbly.  My owner’s manual said it (any general herb) would take 8-10 hours, but these were totally dry and crumbly after 2 hours.

My conclusion: This was cheaper than buying the freeze-dried ones I usually buy (.49 cents for fresh vs. $3.99 for freeze dried), but I’m not sure it is worth the hassle.

How was your Monday? What do you have planned for your week?




  1. Now that’s what I call shopping. The colors of the jam is soo vibrant, lovely.

    • My lovely little helper and I love the Farmer’s Market! 🙂

      I can tell you, I tasted (yeah, we’ll go with tasted…3 or 4 giant spoonfuls) the jam before I processed the jars (sealed them) and it’s devine. It’s sweet, with a little hint of tart and the warmth that the pumpkin pie spice provides. I’m excited to eat it, gift it, use it as currency if the need arises. 😀

  2. That hot pink jam color is fantastic! I love homemade blackberry jam, I have memories of making it with my mom back in the day–so if you had a helper for that one, know that years from now she’s going to love that you did cooking projects together 😀

    My Monday was a Monday, but the rest of the week is going to be great! Lunch at my favorite place today, new workouts with the roommate each evening, and a trip to see the fam this coming weekend.

    • I did have my super cute helper with me when I made jam. Until
      It started bubbling, then she made the labels. My daughter enjoys being my kitchen helper. I’m glad. I hope it’s creating the kind of memories you have with your Mom.

      Your week/weekend sounds fun Allie. I
      Hope you enjoy your visit with your family!

  3. It all looks lovely. I bet your freeze dried cilantro tastes waaaaay better than shop bought, even though it´s a bit of a hassle to do.

    • Thanks. 🙂 My daughter and I had a wonderful time making the jam. 🙂

  4. That looks great. We lucked out, it was only 103 here. Ugh, when is fall?

    • Thanks. Yeah…fall any time now. That would be great. I’m pretty tired of melting.

  5. hey – thanks for commenting on my blog! You said that you had a big move recently – I would love any advice that you have. Did you have children yet? Would love to hear more from you!

    • You’re welcome for the comment. I love reading the posts on the Project Marriage link ups.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog.

  6. Wow, that’s all you spent? I’m impressed!!!

    • Isn’t it awesome?! I love the farmer’s market. The thing is to negotiate with the venders. Sometimes they will half the packaging, other times they will offer a discount if you buy multiple items from them.

  7. I sometimes think that shop bought things are easier than home made – but never as good!

    • That’s very true Tandy!

  8. Great haul!

    • The farmer’s market is awesome!

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  10. It looks lovely…you have a nice blog with great recipes.

    • Thank you very much! I’m happy to hear that you enjoy it. Your cookies look great!

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