I love to capture the tastes of the warm summer season and enjoy it all year long — especially since it comes from the bounty in our Douglas County backyard. I enjoy visiting the farms, stocking up, and spending a day making some delicious treat that we can enjoy and give away.

Our family has waffles just about every Sunday morning and there is nothing like a hot waffle topped with a dollop of strawberry, raspberry or pear jam. Or maybe a dollop on top of vanilla ice cream or a hot biscuit. Or smothered inside a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The gift of fresh farm jam gives all year long.

In June, I made a batch of strawberry jam. Now, it is pear season. Growing up, I had never had pear jam. My husband requested it when we were newly married and it immediately became the favorite in our home. It has the perfect amount of sweetness.

I am also a huge fan of freezer jam because it is quick and easy with a high percentage you’ll get a good end result. It doesn’t require any special equipment, although I must say that my Kitchen Aid peeler/corer/slicer attachment makes it go even faster (this attachment also makes perfect zucchini noodles if you are looking for another way to use all that zucchini).

Less time consuming and simple is a win for me since schedules are busy and mom life brings plenty of distractions in the kitchen. With freezer jam, the kids can even help. I made more than 25 pints of this jam using one box of pears and taking about three hours (with distractions).

Check the local farms for pear availability. I got mine from Brosi’s Sugartree Farms where they are currently picking the Bartlett and Bosc varieties. U-pick is .35 per pound, in stand is .59 per pound or $10.95 per box. Comice and Red Bartlett in stand is .69 per pound or $11.95 box.

Brittany Arnold is the special sections editor of The News-Review and can be reached at 541-957-4210, barnold@nrtoday.com.

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