The old graniteware canner has been pulled off the pantry shelf and put to work this week.
|first of the 2022 tomato crop|
Though we no longer grow vegetables for the Farmers' Market, it seems we have planted copious quantities of peas, beans, tomatoes, peppers, beans, cabbage, broccoli and the ubiquitous zucchini. I am hoping we were more restrained in the corn, potato and garlic departments.
|Grandchildren Matteson, Juniper & Sadie Metzger|
While I tended growing things of a different sort in Alaska, Arthur and my mother prepared the peas and the bulk of the beans for the freezer - though later bean plantings are yet to yield their goodness.
The old pressure canner will be coming down from the attic to be put to work this week because of its efficiency in processing the tomatoes that are straining the vines in the high tunnel. Less water and less time - both good reasons to use it!
The apple crop is modest this year, likely due to the dry conditions we've experienced for much of the summer but watch for more information about cider and apples here.
|Joe and Jen's garden spot on a former|
Matanuska Colony Farm in the Mat-Su Valley