Using the Harvest

October 1, 2014

What have you been doing with all of that garden produce this summer? My desire is to eat it straight from the garden. I want to truly eat seasonally so I would prefer to not preserve most of our harvests.

However, we do not do that 100%. I freeze extra produce —

  • peas
  • green beans
  • corn
  • tomatoes (to use in soups or sauces later in the year)
  • blueberries

Lately, I have been running out of room in the freezer so I made some marinara sauce.Nieto Family - September 26 14 - 0042We store extra produce in the basement as well —

  • potatoes
  • sunflowers
  • pumpkins
  • spaghetti squash
  • watermelons

We noticed some spaghetti squash was molding this week so I cut off the molded parts, cooked, and froze those. DSC_5564DSC_5568I saved the sunflowers for the winter for the chickens but I realized now is actually a good time to give them the sunflowers because they are moulting and need extra protein so I am throwing the heads out to them, little by little.

We are also eating the potatoes, little by little. We have about a month’s worth left; which works out perfectly, since that’s when the sweet potatoes will be ready to be harvested.

Of the watermelon that was harvested this year, some were given away but most were put in our basement. DSC_5406We are currently eating the last one and the kids are done. This is what eating seasonally looks like, folks. The first taste of whatever crop is wonderfully anticipated. By the time the crop is done, so are the eaters, typically. 🙂

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One thought on “Using the Harvest

  1. daphnegould

    I like to freeze things for the winter. That way I can still eat from the garden when the ground is frozen. There isn’t much that is truly seasonal here in the winter.

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