FALL?

Last of the summer tomatoes

It’s back to cold again.

Though the temperatures will spike back up again by the end of the week, much of the summer garden is on the wane.  With shorter days and colder nights, many of the sorry looking summer crops have been retired.  Overnight it seems that the late summer garden into a fall one.

This whole growing season has left us scratching our heads over the unpredictability of the weather and the puny poundage that resulted.

Even with dip in poundage, it’s been one of the most successful preservation years ever.  I guess it’s because of the lack of surplus poundage we opted to feed our family instead of selling it to our local clients.  Though the garden made us cash poor on surplus our cabinets are stocked with what bounty we were blessed with this season.  Food is a much better commodity than cash.

Now that the summer chapter is about over, it’s onto fall plantings and winter preparations.   Hopefully the crazy weather will normalize so we can get back to selling our popular salad greens which will be in some much needed income otherwise it will be lean winter.

We successfull knocked off a few “staple” items from our grocery list and are rationing others.  We’ve had lean years before so we are used to making do or doing without.    But this year we have a bit of food security to help with loads of preserved vegetables and fruits to get us through.

Comments(4)

  1. thyhandhathprovided says:

    I, too, appreciate the feeling of having a well-stocked pantry. Just this past week, I took an inventory of all we’ve put up this past year. Do you all post a list of what you’ve done? I’d be very interested in seeing that:-).

    Ours is at http://www.thyhandhathprovided.blogspot.com, entitled Harvest Tally 2008.

    Enjoy reaping the benefits of all your hard work this winter!

  2. thyhandhathprovided says:

    I, too, appreciate the feeling of having a well-stocked pantry. Just this past week, I took an inventory of all we’ve put up this past year. Do you all post a list of what you’ve done? I’d be very interested in seeing that:-).

    Ours is at http://www.thyhandhathprovided.blogspot.com, entitled Harvest Tally 2008.

    Enjoy reaping the benefits of all your hard work this winter!

  3. PhoenixJen says:

    Anais and ThyHand:

    You all are so inspirational. I’m going to try my hand at preserving some of my harvest (or the harvests of local farms) for the first time this year. Wish me luck! Some day my pantry will look like yours!

    PhoenixJen
    http://www.phoenixpermaculture.org

  4. PhoenixJen says:

    Anais and ThyHand:

    You all are so inspirational. I’m going to try my hand at preserving some of my harvest (or the harvests of local farms) for the first time this year. Wish me luck! Some day my pantry will look like yours!

    PhoenixJen
    http://www.phoenixpermaculture.org

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