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Lightfoot Farm Jams at Pete's Greens in Waterbury, VT

Lightfoot Farm jams at Pete's GreensLightfoot Farm jams are now available at Pete's Greens Farm Stand on Route 100 in Waterbury.They have maple sweetened raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, blueberry and elderberry jams in stock by the peanut butter.

Picking Berries Now On the Farm

buckets of blueberries and strawberriesWe are busy here at Lightfoot Farm picking blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries to make our new maple flavored jams.  We built a barn this year and tapped maple trees to produce our own syrup for the first time. Now we are combining our Vermont grown fruits with our maple syrup and the combination is a taste sensation.  We are still using our low sugar recipe.  We are all finished picking jostaberries, black currants, red currants, and Nanking cherries and have stocked our shelves with those jam flavors as well. For those unusual berries (the ones that we are finished picking and processing) we have only used maple syrup this year as the sweetener.  Red currant is the only unusual berry that is still available in the low glycemic version, sweetened with agave syrup.  This combination is especially good for those with diabetes.

Lingonberries are coming

A new bed of Lingonberries was recently planted here at Lightfoot Farm. In a few years they will start producing berries to make jam and jelly. Dr. Oz recently placed lingonberries on the same level as blueberries for their healthful benefits. This is due to the antioxidants they contain, including quercetin. Lingonberries are commonly used in Scandina ian countries and look similar to cranberries.
 
Cones have been placed over some plants to prevent sunburn, to protect them from frost and foraging animals and to help them acclimate to Vermont, as they were shipped from the west coast. Some plants have been protected from animals with netting. Orchard management here at Lightfoot Farm is labor intensive.

Siberian Pears

I planted the seeds for these Siberian pear trees around 1985 so they are about 28 years old now.  This is a photograph of me under the trees in full bloom, taken in early May in Northfield, VT. They are very hardy trees of Pyrusussuriensis and the fruits make a delicious pear jelly, although they are fairly astringent and not good to eat fresh.  The pears are small and of similar size and shape to a Seckel pear.  Here at Lightfoot Farm they are processed in a steam juicer to produce juice for making the jelly.

Low Sugar Jams and Jellies

Jams and Jellies made with Farm Grown Fruits
All of the jams and jellies at Lightfoot Farm are made with farm grown fruits. This year was a good year for blueberries and grapes so jams made with these berries are the bulk of what is available right now.  All Lighfoot Farm jams and jellies are made with low-sugar recipes and sweetened with Vermont honey or with agave syrup. Using less sugar may decrease the loss of healthy anthocyanins from heat during processing (wholehealthmd.com). We at Lightfoot Farm believe that honey and agave syrup are better choices nutritionally than using refined table sugar.
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