You bet we are thinking about it. All that work we did in early spring has certainly paid off now. I have learned to can - at least tomatoes - and Jason has learned to make pickles out of cucumbers and jalapenos. We have got tons of green beans stored in the freezer along with okra, strawberries (not grown here this year - we have plans for next year), black eyed peas, garlic, onions, and lots and lots of pesto all for winter! Unfortunately, the late snow and all that rain we got (how weird is that to say? in GA?) did our potatoes in this year, but we haven't lost hope on raising them for next year! We ate so many cantaloupes we grew sick of cantaloupe and our friends got plenty of them, we also enjoyed so much watermelon this year... We even learned to make watermelon and cantaloupe juice sweetened with rice syrup that was super! That recipe came from southern living. I feel sad thinking about putting it all to rest and starting up our fall garden, but truth be told, I love the greens and I can not WAIT to have fresh spinach on the table and watch India devour it again! MMMMMM fresh Kale awaits us, and Collards, and the list goes on... Jason has ordered a lot of new stuff that will be here any day and he'll be getting the fall garden going as we lay the summer stuff to rest... oh and we will be having sweet potatoes to harvest soon - sweet potato fries...mmmm.... I make good sweet potato fries. Really, I can't wait! We are hoping to find 5 families who would be interested in buying a box of veggies from us each week from the garden, similar to a CSA, but we aren't ready to call it that yet. We are tripling the amount we grew last year in hopes of getting this farming thing up off the ground, so if you think you might be interested, please let me know, I have an idea of what the cost is going to be and it is REALLY good...and a couple more months and we will be adding eggs to the veggie boxes hopefully. Anyhow, here are some photos of the fruits of our labors!
canned tomatoes... so pretty... so yummy! We'll be eating salsa in the winter!
It's just so pretty, I keep coming back to look at it!
bread and butter pickles
garlic, onions, and jalapenos that are drying to be powered into pepper somewhere down the road...