Monday, August 22, 2011

Garden Freshness

I love summer.

One of my favourite parts of summer is the fresh produce from the garden. Yesterday afternoon I spend 2 1/2 hours weeding my garden that was neglected for the past few weeks. I weeded until my wrists were aching, took a break and then weeded some more.

While weeding I discovered that I have LOTS of tomatoes coming. Very few are ripe, but they soon will be! I have a feeling they are all going to be ripe at the same time and I am not going to know what to do with them all. Well, I do know what I will do! I am planning on making salsa and pasta sauce!

We have an abundance of cucumbers now. I am loving it. I have the capacity to eat a lot of them. I don't think I will get sick of them. But we can only eat so many before they go bad, so I am sure in a few weeks we will have some to give away. I just gave a pailful to my mom this evening. I am thinking I should pick some while they are tiny so we can make pickles!

I was also at my mother in laws to package corn for freezing. We cooked it, cut it off the cob and put in it freezer bags. We got 48 bags of corn! Last year she only had 12 bags. This is such a great harvest year. I love corn. I only stop eating corn on the cob because I am embarrasses how many I am eating, not because I am sick of it. You can never have too much.

This year I was also blessed with fresh raspberries and strawberries to freeze, and canned green beans! I think we have enough to get through the winter.

I dream of being a stay at home mom with a big garden so our family can eat all sorts of freshness from it all year round!


Jennifer said...

Better you than me! I do not like working in dirt-Thankfully we have have family that share their produce with us!

Anonymous said...

Hey Lindsey! What you said about tomatoes...I don't like eating straight tomatoes, all mine go to salsa or sauce. Instead of making oodles of batches while they ripen, I take what is ripe, core them or whatever, sit them in boiling water just until the skin will peel off. Take them out of the water let them cool so you can peel them (the skin should just pull off). Then mash or cut them (I will puree them later when I actually get around to making salsa,I mash them just to use up space efficiently). Cool them totally. Put them in bags/containers and freeze. When the tomato season comes to a close and I am ready to make salsa I thaw the mashed tomatoes and use as I like. Hope that makes sense and maybe helps you out!

Mrs. Hammer said...

Wow, I thought we had a good harvest this year but your's sounds amazing. We do the same thing with corn and I like to do the freezer trick that the other commenter mentioned as well. I can never get my canned salsa to turn out like I want so by freezing only the tomatoes let's me make 'fresh' salsa later.

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