Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Tomato harvest!



We are really thankful for the great growing season that we had this year. We had the perfect mix of sun and rain, unlike last year's drought. We have lots of vegetables to bring in, but we're thankful that our shelves will be full this winter!


 







 


 


 
 

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Bringing in the harvest!

The kids have been working hard to help bring in the harvest!







 
Elijah loading beets into the cans, where they will be stored in sand.


 
 

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Pickling!!

 
 
 
 

Everyone pitched in recently to help make pickles! Our friend Jenn and her kids were visiting, and with the help of our young cucumber gatherers, we made a giant batch of delicious pickles!


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
We had a huge pile of organic heirloom cucumbers that grew in our garden this year, so Jenn and I made an enormous batch of dill pickles, and the next day my mom and I made a batch of bread and butter pickles. We followed two great recipes from Pat Crocker's book Preserving...see more on her website here. The book is an enormous compendium of wonderful natural recipes for preserving in all seasons, and she lives nearby on the Saugeen river in Ontario, so it turns out that even our recipes were local!
 

 
 

 


 
 

 
 
 
While we were attacking the giant pile of cucumbers, another type of showdown was happening outside...
 


 
 

Monday, 26 August 2013

First Summer Corn!

There's nothing like husking the first corn of the summer. Lily just couldn't wait and dug right in to a raw cob!