This is a time of fairs and the last month before school starts so create some customs to remember… Enjoy a country fair, enter the baking contest or just go to remember what it was like for our ancestors. Fairs for them was a time to get together have some fun before the real hard work of the next 2 months of harvesting had to be completed.
Learn to bake fresh bread if you have never done it check out the recipes here they are easy to follow.
Visit a Farm that allows you to pick your vegetables fresh or visit your local farmers market. Even though we can get our food out of season try your hand at canning or making jelly, it can be a very rewarding experience. Imagine opening a jar of jelly with no artificial preservatives or a jar of fruit that you prepared for your family with only natural ingredients.
If that sounds like too much work try your hand at decorating your space with sun symbols and gourds or create an original game that you can enjoy with family and friends as you enjoy the final day of summer.
I enjoy making Freezer Jams from the fruits and berries that are available this time of year. They are simple to make and taste great. To make 8 oz of freezer jam you will need 1 2/3 cups of fruit, 2/3 cups of sweetener of your choice, 2 Tablespoons of Freezer Pectin. Choose your fruit you can use blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or strawberries. Wash your choice of berries thoroughly remove stems let drain them well. Place then in a glass, ceramic or stainless steel bowl, using a potato masher crush them one layer at a time to a fine texture, 1 or 2 minutes. Add sugar, Stir well and let stand until berries have released some of their juice, about 30 minutes. Add pectin, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring until well combined after each addition. Let stand 5 minutes to activate the pectin. Spoon jam into clean, wide-mouth, half-pint jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Wipe rims clean with a damp paper towel. Loosely apply clean lids and set jars in the freezer. Freeze completely, about 5 hours. Will last in the refrigerator for 1 month, will keep in the freezer for 1 year. Yields 2 half-pints [8 oz] jars of jam.
You can use this recipe to make peach, pear, strawberry, and cherry jams in small batches if you do not have a lot of fruit in larger batches too. However, keep in mind it is best not to exceed 6 8oz jars per batch or the jam may not set properly. I have used this jam as fruit toppings for ice cream and other desserts it tastes refreshingly like fresh fruit.