It’s been a scrumptious day of marmalade-making, with bubbling pots of citrus-bay-rum-leaf distillations and extractions in the background as I figure out just how to use some 5 gallons of bay leaf! The marmalade is simply delicious: our home-grown sour oranges sliced thin and boiled to a thick jam, with just a hint of wintry spices for warmth. I can’t wait to slather it on toast…though I promise to not keep it in my hat (sigh…I forget that probably none of you are familiar with the infamous Paddington Bear of English children’s literature). I have limited quantities available, so if you need a jar order it quick before I eat it all! Pints are $14, half pints are $8. I still have a couple of jars of mango chutney left, which will also soon be gone! I’m working on a lotion recipe with the citrus bay and shea butter, to get just the right “flavour” and consistency…more on that soon.
We have some pretty darn cute visitors tonight, uninvited, yet welcome if they are eating mosquitoes! Right on schedule, the mosquitoes have hatched out in droves – some 6 days after the last rain. They are quite intolerable, a massive, stagnant swarm, impossible to escape from and only mildly fazed by repellant, clothing, fans, or even coils. Living in the tropics isn’t all fun and games, after all…but we do have the most adorable bats!
I’ll keep it short and sweet today, but I do need to let you know that VI Locally Grown Market, under Ridge to Reef Farm, has changed location. The market location is now at the Lawaetz Museum in Little La Grange, from 3:30-6pm. Please note that I will not be taking extra items to the table due to the change of location and therefor limited traffic, so please be sure to contact me if you’d like to pick anything up there outside of your Locally Grown online order! Thank you, and apologies for any inconvenience. My full range of products is also available at Cruzan Gardens, Tue-Sat, with pre-ordered bread available for pick-up Wed 4-5pm.