Exaustion Sets In!

It has been a very tiring week.

Beary Good Stuff has been selling at the farm market much MORE than we expected!

This has been both good and exhausting!

Our first market week is now under our belts and boy am I out of shape!

Tuesday morning were were in Grand Forks. We were set up beside Twisted Forks who have all kinds of breads and full (frozen and refrigerated) meals, sausage rolls and the first of the season local strawberries. One of the partners is an old friend (from 20 years ago) so we not only were way busier than we thought, but had a great time as well. Neil has a wicked sense of humor and the banter was flying thick and fast.

I thought I had enough product to last us through until next week (Friday again in Grand Forks and Saturday in Osoyoos).

Boy I was WRONG!

We sold totally out of Blueberry Garlic and Beer Jelly and decimated our stock in most everything else. We ended up shopping for produce, jars and pectin and when we got home at 4, I abandoned the pets and started the prep for Blueberry Garlic (a 2 day process) and washed jars and did some house work and uploaded the Cat From Hell’s birthday blog post, had a very hot bath (to get the kinks out) and went to bed about 8:30 PM.

The next day I was up bright and early, took the dogs for their morning constitutional and did a power clean on  the house before I started canning! I can now “do” 6 loads in 4 hours including the prep.


And I made a “real” meal!

BeefThe problem with working so hard is often meals become something quick and easy (and fattening).

Thursday was more of the same but included labeling the jars and we got all the new canning in the truck for Friday.

The alarm went off way to early!

Before I thought I had gone to sleep, we were up, back in the truck and heading for Grand Forks, BC.

We had to move spots for Friday, It was slow, but steady.

Again, we sold much more than anticipated! I managed to get a hold of freshly picked Asparagus! Asparagus

These sweet and tender spears had just been picked and demanded that I pickle them (well at least 10 pound = 1 canner load)

Because I knew I would be canning, I bought some of Twisted Forks Ribs for supper! After getting home from the market, I made Cherry Wine jam (from Bing Cherries frozen last summer) and Pickled Asparagus.

Then the labeling (we are making all our own labels). We are trying to be as green as possible, using home canning jars (they are thicker walled and can be reused). We print our own labels on our inkjet and stick them on with glue stick so they can be easily removed. We also charge a 50 cent deposit. If you return a jar, you get 50 cents back for it. This has been very popular with our customers.

I made it into bed about 9:30 PM, setting the Alarm for 5:00am.

At 5, we got up and in a torrential downpour, I walked the dogs and loaded 6 dozen jars of new product (some from Thursday that we did not take to Grand Forks) into the back of the truck and we headed for Osoyoos. This is a shot of Osoyoos from the view point on the way down.

From the viewpoint

This is a new market for us as well. This market is awesome. Not only is it in am ideal location-right on main street beside the At Gallery, it has grass and really awesome vendors. We had a stellar day, even though it was rainy and chilly. There is almost NO STOCK left!  I am going to be extremely busy to try to keep up with our sales!

The blogs (Cat From Hell and Beary Good Stuff) will be suffering while I get up to speed.

BlogsI am hoping all this work will also help me to get back into shape (I can feel the burn)!

I promise I will have another “In the Moment while canning” post up soon!




About badkowalik

Prepared by hand and cooked in small batches – our preserves are cooked slowly. There is an average of 1.5 pounds of fruit in every 8 oz jar. Not only can you taste the difference – you can see the difference. Beautiful natural color and unmatched textures – that can only be achieved by the patience and experience of the Confiseur (the maker). There is alchemy to what we do. Like fine wines, each season has it’s own specific style. We create preserves with exceptional taste. Capturing these flavors is the craft of our business. Beary Good Stuff is a collection of seasonal, sustainable, artisinally made preserves. The collection is made (in limited quantities) from local fruits using traditional cooking methods. We use the freshest ingredients we can get. The small batch production insures a taste and texture that is unmatched in the commercial market today. The collection includes preserved fruits & vegetables – marmalades, jams, fruit butters & salsas, pickles and gift collections that reflect the bounty of the season and spirit of feasting. Although not necessary yet, we have received a letter from the BC Heath Authority. We submitted a package detailing how and where we made our products, what each recipe contains and how we prepare it. This letter is displayed in our tent at the Farm Market. We have our BC MarketSafe and FoodSafe certifications.

Posted on May 18, 2013, in Market and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. My MOM says she is ready to go to bed after ready how your days have gone, she says she is now exasperated. I hope you get the needed rest. But how wonderful that so many are enjoying your wonderful products. Wooo Hooo.

  2. This is great news- I know, hard to picture when you are this tired! It sounds like you are really building a following. Only excellent products have followings.


  3. How wonderful and exciting! I’m so happy that you are having record sales and these new markets. Nellie will punish you severely, but sounds like a good reason to get punished.

  4. Well done Barb!! *wipes drool off keyboard* And all those places you mentioned … I know them, well at least remember them from years ago! 🙂

  5. Busy, busy, busy but when you’re out there selling your wonderful homemade goodies, that’s what it’s all about isn’t it! Nellie may not agree with all the time it takes to keep stocked up for the markets but I’m SURE she will forgive you at cuddle time!

    Kitty hugs, Sammy and Mom

  6. We love the green aparagus – but to peel them is just a hard work :o)

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