8.31.2010

Tuesday's Harvest

Sorry! Its Tuesday, not Monday! Thanks to Daphne at Daphne's Dandelions for hosting Harvest Monday!

Here is what I got from the community garden today... A big bunch of hot peppers, a really nice sized eggplant, and some yellow mini pear tomatoes. The tomatoes arent, mine, so hale to the gardener who actually got tomatoes this year!

8.30.2010

Holy Peach!

Today as I was pulling in the driveway to pick up my new baby Charlotte and take her to the vet, Ray stopped by to tell me to come get peaches. I told him I would come by this afternoon, and without fail, the legend of Rays Peaches has held true. He had 3 FULL grocery bags ready for me to go when I walked back into his peach smelling back yard. It was like walking into heaven. I loved it!!! Nevertheless, I only took 2 bags of peaches, assuring him that the amount would be plenty for me to make enough jam to last, oh I don't know, until the apocalypse? I was a little worried when I peaked into the bags, and they were green, but when I cut into them, OMG the juice and the aroma!!! Delish!!! I got 6 jars of peach jam, and still have a bag and a half to go... I will need to buy more sugar and pectin....

He also gave me 2 tomatoes, since I couldnt help but relay my sadness that my gorgeous Hillbilly Tomato plants (also from his wonderful abundance) have yet failed to give me a ripened tomato.
I cant remember the one on the left, but the right one, multicolored HillBilly tomato


**Side note... FOLLOW THE RECIPES!!! Making Jam without the recipe does not a good jam make... Trust me on that... 

**Another side note... I opened my fresh made tomato sauce/soup stuff, and it was awful... I think I have to throw out the whole batch :( Sorry Momma Gardener

8.29.2010

Time to Catch Up

Its been a whole month since my last post, and I am determined to get back on the wagon and BLOG. I am trapped at the airport today, so I thought it a good time to update.

We have about a thousand tomato plants, and NO TOMATOES! Ok, that is an exaggeration... We have had 3 red tomatoes. I have lots and lots of green ones, but no red ones. I think this bunch of romas here have been green for about 6 or 7 weeks...


I picked the last of the cabbage from the community garden plot, and gave 2 heads to my friend, and then worked so much that the other 2 sat on the counter and wilted away to the point of worthlessness.

I spent a day down at Momma Gardener's house in Mt Vernon, and she sent me home with a grocery bag of tomatoes, so I attempted my first batch of tomato sauce for canning, and I let it cook and cook an cook, and it was still too watery, so I canned tomato soup instead :)   I have been reading about canning tomatoes, and you are supposed to put citric acid in with the tomatoes, and I didn't do that... So I am thinking I should just eat my tomato soup before something weird happens to it. We also spent the day with my sisters kids, and Grady just loved picking raspberries!! His momma swears he hates raspberries, but he was eating them as fast as I could pick them! Little Shelby on the other hand is just a puking machine right now, so I dont really like hanging out with her too much. She is a cutie though!



I made 2 beautiful jars of cinnamon granola this morning, as well as one ice cube tray worth of pesto. Hopefully my tomatoes will ripen and I can attempt to can properly!