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Putting things up. Preserving them. Buying to fill the freezer. It seems most of August is spent getting ready for winter.

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Yesterday Breezy Willow sent us an email announcing the availability of bulk tomatoes, for you to can or freeze. $25 for 25 pounds of organic canning tomatoes. If I wasn’t drowning in roma and paste tomatoes from my garden, I would be all over this offer. Organic tomatoes for $1 a pound? Amazing! This is a bargain.

Also yesterday England Acres posted the availability of the next batch of roasting chickens. Pasture raised chickens. 4-6 pounds each. Plus, corn for freezing. I headed out there today to get chicken and corn.

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One of those chickens went into the oven tonight.

I have been using up tomatoes almost every two or three days, making sauce, or oven dried.

The freezer is getting full again.

Discussion today on facebook about what to do with hot peppers. I think there will be pepper jelly made this weekend.

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Larriland keeps sending notices. The newest fruits to ripen are the apples. They are starting to trickle in.

I have to admit, I am glad the weather has been mild, as my stove and my oven are going every day. This winter I will love having flavorful foods out of the freezer, to make locally sourced meals.

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Happy harvest season!


About AnnieRie

Retired, I am following my dream of living in quiet west Howard County, a rural oasis, not far from the urban chaos, but just far enough. I love to cook, bake, garden, and travel. I volunteer at Howard County Conservancy. I lead nature hikes, manage programs and show children all the wonders of nature, and the agricultural connection to their food.

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  1. I just signed up for the Zahradka Farm’s Winter CSA. I had wavered about signing up for it last year. After talking to their rep at the Conservancy and seeing your photos last winter, I regretted not having signed up for it.

    • I like the winter option, where you go on line and pick what you want. I also liked the home delivery. Just wish it was during the week instead of on Saturdays for our area.

      We got some wonderful things from them. Like romanescu cauliflower, and all sorts of interesting sweet potatoes.

      You have to be a little flexible about deliveries as the winter storms made it hard for them to deliver once or twice during the season.

      Still, they are a good choice and one of the few that does a winter option.


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