We have milk, and meat, and soon our own eggs (right now we trade a neighbor), and a good deal of produce. Now the trick is making it so it will last through the winter.
So after all the work planting, weeding, watering, the harvesting has begun. Yesterday I cut my garlic scapes, and today I plan on pickling them. The most important thing about gardening is to know your limits. One year I thought we should grow strawberries, I like to have at least 50 pounds in the freezer for winter so why not plant a patch. The idea was a good one, but the labor involved was too much, I decided I would rather pay and pick. This year I was able to pick at a friend's place. After getting some in the freezer I made jam, pie, and shortcake. I wondered if you could get sick of strawberries, but the kids and the husband are still going strong.
|Strawberry Rhubarb Pie|
I love strawberry picking, I remember going as a kid. I am not sure how many pounds we would pick but my mom would take both my sister and I along for help. Then that night she would make strawberry shortcake for dinner. It was amazing! After my big harvest I hulled them, did chores and went to bed. The next morning I was up early making strawberry and strawberry rhubarb jam.
|Strawberry and Strawberry Rhubarb Jam (made with honey)|