Whew!  What an exhausting weekend.  If you look at the first photo you can see 2 bushels of tomatoes {the second is between the peppers and the squash}, 1 bushel of peppers and 1 bushel of butternut squash.  Crazy?  Perhaps.  I got up early Saturday morning and drove to a local u-pick farm.  For $15.00/bushel you can pick tomatoes, peppers, squash or eggplant.  Because my tomatoes are doing well but not great, I decided in order to can I needed to buy bushels.  And who could pass up the bargain of an entire bushel of peppers for $15.00?  And then the squash..... you can see what I was thinking.

I went with the intent of purchasing 3 bushels of tomatoes.  Thankfully, the plants were pretty well picked and I only purchased two.  I don't know when I would've had the time to process another bushel.

After coming home on Saturday I got to work.  I've been working on canning, roasting and freezing this produce ever since.  If you remember my earlier post on Stocking The Pantry And Freezer I am getting pretty close to my goal.  So far I'm completely stocked up on peppers, squash, green beans, asparagus, corn, slow-roasted tomatoes and blueberries for the freezer portion.  After this weekend I'm almost complete with the tomatoes {diced and crushed} and started on the tomato sauce for the pantry.

Additionally, I've canned 12 jars of salsa {both tomato and roasted corn} and 8 half-pints of tomato jam from the cookbook Food In Jars.  My husband was pretty skeptical about the tomato jam and kept commenting how he didn't care if I decided I didn't have time for it or not.  Then he tasted it.  It's good.  It's sweet, spicy and odd but very good.

Before I get back to my "canning-pa-looza" I must share a Jackson story with you.  I truly don't know where he comes up with these things but he had me laughing hysterically this morning.

I was working at our kitchen bar.  My kitchen is very small {and no dishwasher = I was VERY busy washing dishes}.  The bar area I had set up as my prep station.  I had roasted squash first thing this morning so I was working at the bar area, putting the squash in a bowl, mashing it, and packing it for the freezer.  Jack had been entertaining himself all morning playing with this very sad looking toy that Oliver and Emerson have chewed the feathers off of.  From time-to-time he would come in the kitchen to check in with me, then back to playing.

Well, for some reason he came running in at break-neck speed and jumped up into one of the bar stools.  I told him he was not to get up on the bar, so he put his elbows on the bar and watched me.  This was the first thing that had me laughing.  Oliver and Emerson were at my feet praying for squash to drop.  As a piece of squash flew toward Jackson, he'd smell it, then fling it on the floor for Oliver and Emerson.  This continued through all of my squash processing.  Again, I was laughing.  At the end, I plopped a bit in front of him, he smelled it, then flung it and it ended up on Emerson's very short nose.  Oliver was trying to get it off of his nose as Emerson tried jumping up to get it off and into his mouth before Oliver could get it.  After the last of the squash Jack took off back to playing with his toy.

What a group!

Hoping you all had a wonderful weekend!!


daisy g said...

What a bargain! So glad you were able to get some of it done. Enjoy your bounty!

"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

Oh my, they are quite the bunch! You sure have been busy with all this activity in the kitchen. Nice to be able to fill the pantry and freezer with all the goodness of homemade stuff....way better than store bought!

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What a group is right!! And what nice produce that I know is going to be so enjoyed in the months ahead!

Deanna (Silly Goose Farm) said...

Wow, great price! So much work but totally worth the effort!

Unknown said...

Wow, you were busy. Our tomatoes didn't do as well this year and didn't get to put up alot. What I did have either we dried or turned into pizza sauce for the freezer. Your animals sound like mine, always laughing about something they are doing.

Meg said...

LOL! It sounds like the Three Stooges.

So glad to find out you bought those veggies and they didnt' come from your own garden. I was beginning to feel even more contempt for my own pitiful garden. ;) Yay for getting all that processed! It will be so nice to shop from your pantry during the winter months.