This year our garden was very unproductive, partly from lack of water, but mainly from neglect. Shame on us. We were out of town way too much for a garden to thrive. Anyway we still have been blessed by good sales, local produce and friends who have fruit in their back yards. This is a photo of me canning green gage plums. They were given to us by a friend and neighbor and were delicious. They look a little like olives in the jar after processing but I'm sure they will be delicious this winter.
I was able to buy some great chilis from our local nursery/farmer's market. Every fall they have chilis and they will even roast them for you. I didn't have them roasted because I wasn't ready to put them up yet so I roasted them myself. I bought Ancho chilis and the man selling them seemed worried that they would be too hot for us to eat. I didn't tell him that my crew likes it hotter the better. I got a half bushel box of these for $20.00. This produced 21 1/2 pint jars. This is cheaper than buying them in the store, even on sale.
Peaches. Sprouts had peaches on sale for .69 cents/pound. They are Washington peaches and weren't the best I had seen but were very tasty and I canned them with a light syrup. I also have another box that I got from our food co-op Bountiful Baskets and am going to can those too. They are Utah peaches and are not quite ripe yet. I'll do those on Tuesday. I have a box of pears that I bought from the grocery store for .79 cents/pound and need to do those today.
This is a box of nectarines that my friend Jeannie gave me. My boys went and picked them. They are white fleshed and delicious. I had a couple sliced up on my oatmeal this morning. Delicious!
Other things I have canned this season are tomatoes, bought from Sprouts also, for .69 cents/pound. I put up 50 pounds of those boys.
I am planning to can a 40 lb bag of dry beans and also some chicken. It is nice to have cannned beans onhand and makes preparing a dinner a lot quicker.
I have not bought from Bountiful Baskets before and today was our first time. We got 2 baskets that had fruit and vegetables and also an Italian package, 5 loaves of 9 grain bread, the peaches and two flats of strawberries that are now in the freezer. I am going to freeze some strawberries and can the sweet potatoes. I had better get busy.
We are truly blessed to have all this bounty!