Monday, October 3, 2011

Missing month, part two

The garden has been generous in her bounty.  A good year for cucumbers, beans, zucchini, cabbage, raspberries, garlic, chard, onions, basil, peppers and ...

melon.  We had so many cantaloupe and watermelon that my kids would run screaming whenever I would come from the garden, arms laden with fruit.  The chickens (and a few friends and coworkers) have been the happy benefactors of our over-abundance.  

I've dried lots of cayennes in the dehydrator, but decided to try and hang-dry the most recent pickings.  Hope they don't get moldy.

I also tried roasting a bunch of summer veges.  Here is one of two pans of eggplant, tomatoes, zucchini and peppers.  They will be added to pasta sauces and casseroles for winter fare.

I've ground down some of my alma paprika peppers into paprika.  It smells nothing like store-bought paprika.  I haven't used it in a recipe yet.  I'm too afraid to try.

A good bit of canning and freezing was done this month as well.

The latest effort was a large batch of plum jelly.  The plums came from my brother's boss.  I was glad of them, seeing as there were no fruit to be found in my usual picking spot.  Four gallons of plums yielding a multi-year supply of sweetness.


dr momi said...

Love the cayenne peppers hanging -- too pretty!

Freedom Acres Farm said...

HOW do you get watermelon to grow in Minnesota?? I've tried for year! You are my hero.

Freedom Acres Farm said...

That should say yearS! Oops.

Mama Pea said...

That watermelon is unbelievable! Sounds as if you had one of the most successful gardens in the country this year! The pics of all of your preserving give me a warm, fuzzy, secure feeling. Good job!

Karen said...

Your house must smell so good this time of year, Jo! The peppers hanging almost remind me of Christmas garland, all red and festive looking!!! Only two months until we get our tree!!!