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Harvest Yields for 2010

Well, the garden kept me very busy, in spite of everything else. I forfeited a minor amount of produce that I just couldn't get to, but the harvest included: white and red potatoes (bagged up in the cellar, possibly will can some), lots of corn in the freezer, canned tomatoes, salsa, ketchup and tomato juice, broccoli, cabbage (fresh slaw, canned pickled red cabbage, and sauerkraut with the white), beets, cucumbers for fresh and pickling (kosher dills and bread-and-butter varieties) acorn and butternut squash (some canned), pumpkins (fun for kids at Halloween, plus some canned), asparagus (pickled some - fabulous!), strawberries (fresh, frozen, and jam), rhubarb. Radishes, spinach and lettuces, and herbs rounded out the goodies we were able to harvest.

Then, from local growers, we acquired apples, peaches, cherries, pears, and blueberries, from which we made sauces, syrups, jams and jellies, and canned fruits. Christmas brought a gift from a friend of a big box full of grapefruit, which we have been eating fresh, but also took about half the box, sectioned the fruit and canned it - haven't yet tried one of those, but we were concerned about how long it would last and didn't want any of them going to waste. The canned results look beautiful - hopefully they will taste as good as they look!

Our canning cellar is the old Michigan stone basement under the original part of our house - not lovely, but a perfect environment to keep things at a well-regulated temperature. The shelves were quite full around Thanksgiving, when I took this photo.


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