September 14, 2009

Our Harvest

As autumn comes the harvest begins. We're already loading up the freezer with our harvest of summer's growth. Corn, peppers, carrots, tomatoes, apples, peaches, pears, berries, squash. Oh what fun it is to have a garden. To watch it grown from a small seed to thriving plant full of fruit. Here are some pics of our garden treasures:

Our carrots were fabulous this year. And we blended up the greens in our green smoothies and chopped them up for soup. Carrot greens have a strong parsley flavor. They're delicious and packed with vitamins.

We also grew lettuce for the first time this year. It was a mesclun mix which you can cut and it continues growing. So sweet and pretty!

Zucchini! Our zucchini plants were bountiful this year including few extra large ones after we returned from our vacation. Grilled, sauted or baked it's a wonderful veggie. We also grated and froze about 20 bags.

Here is evidence that Evan sampled one.

CORN! We live in Nebraska so of course we have sweet corn. Hand-picked from the Lucas farm.

We ate as much as we could and froze the rest. It will make some yummy chowders this winter.

We also harvested tomatoes both big boy and roma in which we've made many jars of salsa. We had loads of grape tomatoes as well. They make our summer salads so delightful. We had bell peppers, banana peppers, and green beans a plenty. We've picked a variety of berries and rhubarb and made some delicious jellies and muffins. We were given peaches which are canned for winter. Now our table is full of apples and pears which I have sliced and sauced. Just waiting for our pears to ripen more before they are canned as well.

What a bounty God has granted us this year. It is so rewarding to see our freezer full and our cupboard filled with canning goods. Not only has it been fun, I've gained much in my hard work of preserving. God is teaching me more every day how important my job here at home is.


  1. well I'm totally impressed and love the pictures. Wish I could come over to your house for dinner!

  2. Yum! I'm so jealous!! It sure beats my deck pots in Boston.

  3. mmmmmmmmmm - when are you having us over for dinner? ;-) you've inspired year i'm coming to you for help!!

    oh, and speaking of inspiration, I bought one of those old fashioned apple peeler/corers like you have - it's great!

  4. I LOVE it! Your Harvest is FABULOUS! What a blessing isnt it so? Love the blog, I just popped in and will definatley come back and see what you have "cooking"!