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It's Time for Another End of Season Sale

Gift BundleEllipsis Books and More is finally actually more. In addition to my Alibris store. I now sell antiquarian and vintage books, herbal teas, and jams and jellies on Etsy. I make several varieties of jelly including lavender, white tea and pomegranate, earl grey, and peach butter. All of the produce and herbs I’m using are either grown by me or grown by another local farmer. I’m very proud of that fact!

I’m planning big things for the spring. Reading the book, Vertical Farms by Dickson Despommier and also Permaculture magazine, has really opened my eyes to growing more effective gardens. The idea of “forest gardening” in particular is something I would like to incorporate. It’s when a garden of food emulates how a forest is set up from the forest floor to the canopy.

The greenhouse is also something I really want to do a lot more with this coming season. Including some more tropical varities of fruits and spices.

Look for some different kind of jellies in the next few weeks and over the holiday season as well as more availability of the favorites for the holiday season. And don’t forget to check out Vintage Booksellipsis.alibrisstore.com for your holiday gift shopping. There are nearly 200 different titles listed and counting. If there is something you’ve been looking for, message me. I might have it! Or I may be able to get it at a lower price. Also Ellipsis is venturing in publishing a bit. Which is super exciting! Thank you everyone for your support. This is all becoming a reality!

So it’s the end of the season and you have a garden full of green tomatoes that you could allow to sit on your counter and redden. It will take a couple of weeks, but it will happen eventually. Or if you’re like me and ended up with dozens and dozens of little green cherry tomatoes, what do you do with them? Well there are quite a few things you could do. If you are also finding yourself with a load of cabbage, you could do chow chow, which is delish. Or you could do a relish, or some other kind of pickled green tomato thing. Or you could do what I did and make a salsa. I happened to have a lot of peppers and onions as well as tomatoes. It is very good! And it’s relatively easy, once you get everything chopped. This was quite a chore for me since I have dozens of little, tiny tomatoes.

This is the recipe I used:

5 lbs green tomatoes, chopped small (as you prefer for salsa)
6 yellow onions, chopped (4 cups)
3 jalapenos, chopped with seeds (1/2 cup)
4 large red bell peppers, chopped (2 cups)
6 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 cup lime juice1/2 cup vinegar1 tablespoon salt1/2 tablespoon cumin1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves2 teaspoons pepper1/4 teaspoon cayenne (optional, to taste)
1 -2 teaspoon sugar

Combine everything in a large pot, mixing well. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and cook for 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally. To continue canning, bring salsa to a boil.
Ladle salsa into hot sterile jars, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Wipe lids and jar edges clean before finger tightening lids and placing them back in the boiling canning pot.Process (boil) jars for 15 minutes. Remove carefully and let sit for 24 hours. Check lids for seal, and refrigerate any unsealed jars
I wish I would have added more peppers or more spice. It really didn’t turn out spicy enough for me, but it is still really good. I just spice it up right before using it.
Queen Anne's Lace Jelly

Queen Anne's Lace Jelly

On another note, Ellipsis Books and More is on Etsy with jams, jellies, teas, and antiquarian books. Vintage and handmade tea ware are coming soon! We will be doing gift baskets for Christmas. This is really, really exciting and I’m so happy to finally have this part of Ellipsis realized. Hopefully someday I will selling out of my very own physical store and farming sustainably on a large scale.

I’m reading this fantastic book called “Vertical Farming” by Dr. Dickson Polmmier. It is unbelievable what ideas are floating around right now. This man is purposing taking the farm directly to the cities by way of skyscrapers that use hydroponic techniques to produce food all year round. How cool is that? I would love to do that on a smaller scale in a smaller town also involving a small geodesic dome. When people start putting these plans into practice, them everyone else will realize that it’s not too late.

Things are going well I think. I only wish the proper direction would reveal itself. I have been researching ways to raise money to start a physical Ellipsis as well as the best and least expensive ways to create sustainable ways of operating a business. Here in Galena there are possibilities of renting a store front. The biggest obstacle is how to grow enough Camelia to make enough tea. The answer I think, is to build a geodesic dome. It’s a pretty amazing concept. Essentially a greenhouse, it is a dome built from triangles. The idea of them is that they are entirely self-sustaining, meaning everything from the heating to the water flow is all created within once introduced. And since they are built of wood and polycarbonate panels with UV glazing, it can withstand very severe weather conditions. All this; however, is a very big undertaking and would require either the use of or purchase of property.  Where as if the move to California happens I could grow a whole field of Camelia right in the open.

I am fascinated with the idea of building a structure that could grow fresh food all year round. It would be like creating a paradise with the perfect temperature all year round. A little oasis. According to growing spaces, a company out of Colorado that manufactures geodesic dome kits, a dome that is 22 feet in diameter can produce food for 4 to 5 people all year round. Imagine if every community had a large geodesic dome to grow food. Our food would be entirely in our hands. Radish Relish and Black Raspberry Jam

Anyroad, I made some delicious black raspberry jam yesterday. I did not use pectin and it turned out lovely. A little softer than typical jam, but delicious none the less. And also a batch of radish relish. I love how pink it is. The radish mix and watermelon radishes I planted really made for a pretty relish. It’s good on crackers or a sandwich like regular relish. I will share the recipe for the relish with you.

Radish Relish

3 cups stemmed radishes
2 large ribs celery
1 large red onion
2 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 tbls mustard seed
2 tsp dill seed
1/2 tsp celery seed
1 cup vinegar
2 tbls prepared horseradish

Put the radishes, celery and onion through the coarse blade of a grinder, or chop them finely. Mix with remaining ingredients and allow to stand three hours. Bring to a boil in a large pan and cook ten minutes. Pour into hot jars, leaving half-inch head space. Adjust lids and process 1/2 pints and pints in a boiling water bath for 20 minutes.

Watermelon RadishThe watermelon radishes are so pretty. I have to thank Rachel for these seeds.

Ellipsis really is getting closer and closer to full conception all the time. Wouldn’t you love to sit in a cozy used book store sipping a cup of locally grown artisan tea, eating a scone with some homemade black raspberry jam? And to top it off, the business is as sustainable as it feasibly can be at that given moment and it is working to make your community a better place to live and work. This is something I must make happen, wherever the future takes Ellipsis Books and More.

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