Sunday, August 16, 2009

Summer Bounty

I'm so thankful for the bounty that our Father has given us. The tomatoes have been coming into the house in bushel baskets and milk crates!


I've been busy canning as fast as the boys can bring it is what they brought me last night...this might take awhile tomorrow!


There are tomatoes (Roma and fresh eating), tomatillos, sweet bell peppers, sweet banana peppers, hot banana peppers,  Tabasco peppers, cayenne peppers, jalapeno peppers,  habanero peppers, sweet roasting peppers, strawberry popcorn,  3 kinds of cherry tomatoes (the purple are to die for!) and we are still digging...

Yukon Gold!

This week the boys dug the last of their Red Nolands and Yukon Golds.....they are still working on the Kennebecs. The potatoes have been so delicious.  We are trying all kinds of potato side dishes and main dishes.

Josiah's happy hens have been giving us at least 12 of these every day!


And when I am not canning tomatoes, dehydrating tomatoes, or eating tomato sandwiches, I seem to be making gallons of this....


So simple to do..chop tomatoes, tomatillos, onions, jalapenos, and cilantro.  Add minced garlic and a pinch of salt.....I could almost eat it like soup!  I like to use a variety of tomato colors for my salsa - I think it improves both the taste and the beauty.

Many people have had trouble around here with tomatoes this year....we've had SO much rain. But, we have been blessed and are grateful.

Tomorrow I'll share a bit about my last class and another one coming up....and then I can't wait to tell ya'll about the "great hay baling mis-adventure" and another huge adventure the boys and I had thanks to some good friends...just waiting on pictures for that one!



  1. Rebecca van VegtenAugust 16, 2009 at 8:31 PM

    Jim wants to visit and "help" (also known as "consume") you put all that away.

    Everything looks great.

  2. WOW!!!! That is an incredible picture with all your produce!

    We just signed a lease on a rental house, my husband's first thoughts are that he needs to begin planning his garden now for next year! He is SO excited to have a yard!

    Homemade salsa is the best, too!!

  3. I think I need to head your way.

    It looks so beautiful.
    Blessings to you.

  4. I may or may not be stealing that salsa

  5. What bounty! And beautiful to boot!

    We have had a rather miserable tomato crop this year.

    Still learning how to garden in TN. What are your secrets for so many tomatoes?

  6. I love all the peppers! My green bells aren't doing anything this year... it was too wet early on. I've got some pimiento's that are doing ok, and I'm starting to get some Greek Pepperoncini's. Tomatoes got some wilt, but again, it's been damp, and not too hot.

    That table full of food looks awesome. We've been blessed as well and I'm canning and freezing all I can get my hands on... except for the cukes... got plenty... too many actually. Sheesh.

  7. GALLONS of salsa is a necessity! I could live off the stuff for the rest of my life! :)


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