The produce is really rolling in now! I have been doing lots of preserving. Here are some things I picked from the garden today. Almost half a peck of ground cherries, tons of sweet peppers and oodles of tomatoes. That stray okra pod was lying helpless on the ground. I have 6 half pints of ground cherries in the freezer already and 6 pints of sweet pepper slices.
Having two ginormous gardens, apparently, wasn’t enough though, so I went and bought a half bushel of peaches. I canned 5 quarts of them in light syrup, made peach jam – 3 pints and 5 half pints – and froze some of the rest (what we didn’t snack on). That same day I canned 6 pints of zucchini pickles and 5 pints of pickled peppers, banana rings and cherry hots. I was beat at the end of that day, phew!
And a vegetable oddity. Every year it happens. We always get some kind of mutated homegrown tasty. They are tasty a plenty, every time, but a photo must be taken for documentation of the odd. Here is this years best yet. A double zucchini.
Pickled peppers – cherry hots
Dried ground cherries
Frozen sweet and hot peppers