I am taking this time inside to prepare for the upcoming canning season. Here in a very short time I know that my canning chores will start. My days will be consumed by hours of picking, peeling and canning one harvest or the other. Crop after crop, week after week if we are lucky. So I take this time to prepare extra food for the freezer. Meals that can be put in the slow cooker and consumed without using the full stove top. Casseroles frozen to simply thaw and pop in the oven. Extra bread frozen for sandwiches while the kitchen is occupied.
Also stockpiling extra sugar for those peaches, apples, grapes and blackberry crops. Jar lids, vinegar for pickling, canning salt for pickles and kraut, and we can't forget those spices not only for pickling but salsa, spaghetti sauces and tomato products. Bags for the vacuum sealer were ordered last month.
My first crop as you can see above should be the beets to be pickled. We eat these in salads all through the year.
The next crop will be these Jade snap beans ready within the week. We have two additional crops coming on in various stages of growth. One will be earmarked for seeds.
The Cabbage is starting to head and if it makes it through this heat wave should be the next crop ready. If not then we have fall seeds already planted to replace them. I hope to put this up as freezer slaw. We absolutely loved our freezer slaw last winter.
The Broccoli is also starting to produce small heads and again if it makes it through this heat wave should be the next crop to finish out the spring lineup that struggled through snow storms and horrible rainy weather which put them about a month behind their normal maturity time.
We still have two different corn crops coming on!
Both the red beans and horticulture beans are loaded. We have been watering them along through this heat to help them fill out. Right now it looks to be a bumper crop! With red beans and horticulture beans which are both shell beans and green beans to snap along with a couple rows of purple hull peas I am going to be shelling beans alot.
Cucumber vines are loaded with blooms and small cucumbers and I should have cukes within a week or two.
And just look what I have found. Tomatoes.....
And Bell Peppers!
Can't forget the young zucchini and squash.
And those purple hulls are blooming
Not to mention the watermelon, cantaloupe, okra, onions, carrots and potatoes. We've been slow to get started due to some really challenging weather conditions early on but we are coming out the gate running.
And that is not even counting the apples, grapes, plums and peaches.
And look at these blackberries!
Gosh I am already tired and haven't even really begun.
I think I need an assistant...or two : )
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter