Semi-final harvest

Because it’s supposed to get much cooler in the next few days, I figured it was probably time to pick the remainder of the vegetables still hanging around in the garden.  There are still tons of green tomatoes, which I mostly left on the plants. . . although at this point the plants themselves are pretty sad looking so I’m not sure if the tomatoes will actually ripen at all. But I picked all the fruit that was even starting to ripen, to be sure they didn’t get nipped overnight. (We still have carrots, turnips, and sweet potatoes to dig, but of course they’ll be ok in the ground for a while yet.)

I also picked all of the peppers and the remaining few cucumbers.

The last tomatoes, peppers, and cukes of the season

Then we got our CSA box from Bluebird Gardens.

CSA box

I love that we’re getting lettuce again–the leaves in the upper right are bok choy, and the white thing on the left that looks sort of like a carrot is HALF the long, white radish that we got (half because we share a box with my sister, so sometimes we just cut things in half if we only get one of them).

Can you believe all this produce?  And that’s HALF a share. I’m really looking forward to using those beautiful squash–this weekend might be a good time to make some muffins or bread or something.  Maybe enough to freeze some!

I truly love this time of year; it is certainly bittersweet, as the beautiful summer we had draws to a close, but there is something so wonderful about fall for a gardener.  Maybe it’s because the fruits of our summer-long labors are all coming now, or maybe it’s the fact that we know we’ve got a much-needed break coming.

All I know is I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks of harvesting and cooking and canning. :)

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5 Responses to Semi-final harvest

  1. Molly says:

    Beautiful pictures! So what all are you going to do with the bountiful harvest? I see more salsa in your future.

    • Sandi says:

      Good question! We don’t have enough tomatoes at this point for another batch of salsa, but will definitely chop and freeze the hot peppers for whenever we do make more salsa. Probably bake and freeze the squash as well. And of course eat as much as we possibly can this weekend! :)

  2. Molly says:

    Do you have a recipe that you follow for making salsa? I usually just use a few tomatoes and dump in some homemade tomato sauce. But then, I also throw in some cukes and carrots too besides all the hot peppers.

    • Sandi says:

      You know, I used to have one that Trevor and I sort of created out of a combination of other recipes, but now I just use the Mrs. Wages salsa canning mix–we actually like it better and it’s SO much easier! Just tomatoes, vinegar, and the mix. In fact I don’t even peel the tomatoes anymore–just seed them a bit and toss them in the blender. Making salsa is so much faster for us than it used to be! :)

      • Molly says:

        Cheater. LOL

        I engage the help of the kids, hubby and my sister. I usually follow somewhat a fresh salsa recipe but I add in more peppers, onions and of course the homemade tomato sauce, and I always pressure can it.

        Last year I made enough for us and to give away as Christmas presents with a bag of homemade tortilla chips. Everybody loved it.

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