Red Wicket Market Farm is a small farm 25 minutes from downtown Columbus, Ohio, near Slate Run Metropark. Breeding Black Ameraucanas and Black Copper Marans to the Standard of Perfection, as well as some Olive Eggers just for fun.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Very Grapey Week--Jam Available Soon!

I know I've been MIA for a while. It's harvest time, and much of my time has been spent either in the garden harvesting or processing the produce afterwards.

A lot of my time has been taken up by these grapes.


These are Concord grapes and came from my grandmother's 100+ year old grape vine. We picked over 100 pounds. They all had to be individually plucked from the vine, checked for quality, and washed. Then we cooked them in batches on the stove and ran them through the Victorio Strainer (that thing clamped to my counter). After the seeds and skins were removed, the juice and pulp was strained twice to make the juice as clear as possible. This took me three days.

We ended up with three and a half gallons of absolutely gorgeous, deepest purple, juice.

Now the fun begins. I've been tasting and playing and I have come up with some amazing grape jam recipes. The farm favorite is definitely the Lavender Grape, made with lavender grown right here at Red Wicket. We also fell in love with Grape Cardamom and Spiced Grape. I'll be making up batches of jam this week, and I'll let you all know when they are for sale.

New Roosters!
We were given some gorgeous roosters by Happy Mountain Farm in Tennessee. One is a lovely wheaten Ameraucana (Billy) that will bring some great blue-egg genes to our flock. They also threw in a funky-colored blue lemon cuckoo Marans (Blue), who carries the genes for super dark eggs. The boys are currently in the quarantine pen to make sure that they're not sick, and then we'll introduce them to the flock. I hope to hatch eggs from them in the spring. Sorry for the photo--This pen is twice the size you see here, and I had a terrible time getting them to both be on the same side at the same time! As you can see, the pen is designed so that they can still be on grass during their incarceration. I just move it to a new patch of grass every morning.