From Abundance to Overload!

No I am not complaining!  Seriously I am so grateful of all this fruit, I just sit here alone, well with my little guy wondering how …IMG_5248

on earth am I going to get this all preserved before winter, or worse rot?

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But he just laughs at all my fretting and reminds me, these are good problems to have!

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So we begin, and luckily I have a helper that doesn’t bore of washing…until of course he does…IMG_5281

But quickly finds other things to entertain him while I chop away.IMG_5287

 

One by one I get to marvel at each perfectly imperfect lucious fruit, saving the seeds of the finest favorites along the way.

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And slowly 30lbs turns onto one pot, which I mix with more home-grown goodness…IMG_5289

 

10lbs of the most pungent onions I have ever smelled, crying all the way.  Along with home-grown garlic, oregano, rosemary, basil and thyme….this might be my first 100% home-grown marinara!! Mama mia it was good!IMG_5292

 

Then I moved to something a bit more decadent, and tomato marmalade recipe that kind of blew my mind last year…I know what you are thinking, not exactly your thing, right..well a gifted jar of this stuff sat on my shelf for almost 8months before I broke it open out of desperation when a beloved guest was over and all I had to offer was toast…It has us cooing and pining for the recipe ever since… So thanks to Elsa and her mom here it is, but a warning there are way more store-bought and sweeting ingredients in this one than my puritan marinara but truthfully, well worth it!!IMG_5296

 

Thank goodness for six burners, I had them all working at once at some point during this frenzy along with every pot in the house…and that usually only happens about twice a year on big holidays!IMG_5299

 

And so lots of work and days later I now have just over a dozen pints of love….and 30 more lbs of fruit calling my name! IMG_5478

And just for the record I am feeling super lucky I have food to eat and to feed my people with.  May all beings be gifted a full belly tonight and may my growing efforts go to feed the many who simply are not nourished as they should be.

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