Monday, October 08, 2012
Ruminatin' - A Season Well Canned
I packed up the canners and put them away for the winter.
The dehydrator went down to the basement.
The processing season of 2012 is over!
Unless someone gifts us with fruit I am back to a normal life.
And I am glad.
This was a very busy summer as the garden produced as it never did before.
It also gave us its bounty earlier than ever.
I am usually processing tomatoes into November.
Don't get me wrong, I am happy to be done.
This was a tough year for me.
I had a rough summer - I didn't feel well for a lot of it but the vegetables had to get processed.
I just did it as best I could and rested when I could.
I recognize that we are very fortunate in our garden.
The hubby works just as hard in the planting and cultivating as I do in the processing.
There is a certain romance that people hold to this kind of life and I understand it from those on the outside looking in but it is a lot of hard work.
But we know exactly where and how our food was grown.
I learned several new things this year - as I always do - it led to a wider variety of tomato products canned. Instead of just sauce, soup and ratatouille I've now added tomato juice, chunky tomato sauce, tomato paste and pizza sauce to the shelves. I also canned carrot soup and broccoli/cauliflower soup base for the first time. My little pantry is expanding in variety and volume.
We did not get much fruit this year and that is my only regret.
We are usually gifted a fair amount from friends with trees but it didn't happen this year.
I do know that the trees did not fare well with the weather this year.
I still have plenty of applesauce in the basement from past years so that is good.
And there are still melons.
Lots of melons.
So I say goodbye to the Garden of 2012.
It was bountiful.
It drove me crazy.
I will feed me well.
The garden is dead. Long live the vegetables.