A documentation of my preservation and preparation of local foods as I work through the seasons. This will serve as a reference tool for me in the future and as a sharing guide for family and friends...and anyone else interested. Hopefully, I can offer some useful methods, tips and recipes to share with everyone--be they novice or pro--and encourage them to join me in the exciting world of preserving and cooking with local foods.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

A Bushel and a Peck of Pears

After we had picked all the low-hanging fruit off a pear tree, my farmer was hoisted high in the bucket of a tractor to pick at the very top of the tree.  I had this opportunity--once!  (What was I thinking; I'm afraid of heights!)  While I watched and waited, I yelled up "Should I pick any of these pears up off the ground?"  He hollared back "We don't sell ground-falls, you can have all you want."  "Say no more!" I shouted as I grabbed a bucket and started scooping.  Here's my reward!
For reference, this bowl is a foot high by two feet wide!
If I don't get pear burn-out, I'll have pears in syrup, pear sauce, pear butter, pear jam and jelly, pear conserve...

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