This is the time of the year that Lily says “we are like squirrels-saving food for the winter.” We picked up the meat from a whole hog last week. We purchased this hog from a local farmer who feeds organic feed and has the hogs out on pasture. We also have 9 roosters in the freezer as well as some local chicken purchased through our food co-op. All the pork would not fit and about 1/3 is at La Scala in the walk-in freezer.
Lots of fruit this year. The ground cherries and raspberries are from our farm. Strawberries were plentiful in the garden this year too, but I canned all those into syrup or jam. Blueberries and cherries came from local farmers. I am not canning applesauce or apple rings this year due to what I have from last year. The main things still producing in the garden are raspberries and ground cherries. Fall lettuce is almost ready. There are still tons of tomatillos, but I have stopped picking. We have more than enough salsa–maybe for a couple of years.
The beans are drying on the patio table and will be shelled soon. Lots of bell peppers have been diced and dried. I dried a bunch of corn too. Nice to have for winter soups. I am going to dry apples too–for eating and baking. We bought an Excalibur food dehydrator from some friends moving out of the country. This is the Cadillac of food dehydrators. It can handle enormous amounts and dries quickly and evenly.
Lily enjoyed the “snow” she got to play with. I scraped some of the frost build up on the big freezer as I worked and let her play.