OK, here it is, the 2008 winter pantry in the basement. These are all the canned goods from the summer’s bounty! Of course, we also have two chest freezers with meat and frozen vegetable and fruits, but the canned goods are much more visible.
Some of the highlights of this year’s effort include the following:
60 quarts tomatoes
72 quarts peaches
51 quarts applesauce (most mixed with raspberry, peach, or blackberry)
12 quarts plum juice
12 quarts whole plums
14 quarts apple pie filling
7 quarts beans12 pints dilly beans
62 jelly jars of canned whole raspberries
smaller amounts of pickled beets, bread and butter jalapenos and more I’m sure more I’m forgetting
We’ve also got about 24 dozen jars of jams with fruits from the farm, which most will find their way into gift baskets and holiday gifts.
One of our goals is to feed ourselves first, before selling to others. The wet spring made our fruit trees abundant, giving us more fruit than we’ve ever had, but a few less tomatoes, but all in all, one of the best putting food up seasons in memory!