Darn you Jack Frost
So much was lost
You failed to behave
And now I’m a slave
To all this canning*
It’s quite demanding
The last two days have been spent harvesting, processing and freezing the garden produce. It’s so much nicer if it can be a)harvested when there isn’t an Alberta Clipper throwing wind up your bunny hug and b)it doesn’t all need to occur all at once. But that’s not how mother nature rolls her punches and so to the task at hand we went.
Down the rows to dig and pick what absolutely had to come in. Buckets of produce then to be washed and dealt with appropriately. The freezers are full full full which I recognize is a good first world problem to have so it’s not a complaint just a statement. Truth is I love filling them up and it’s so much easier now that I’m not balancing a full time job as well.
I take a great deal of satisfaction in growing what we eat for several reasons. Food freshness, taste and quality rank right up there along with the cost savings. That is balanced with the long hours weeding (where even with mulch they got away from me again) and then processing. I always grumble a little after a full day or so in the kitchen but it’s not a grumpy grumble just an I’m tired grumble. Plus lucky me my other half lends a good hand at harvest in the garden and on the packaging side of things.
I did a garden barter this year with another blogger; Kristen over at ShiftingRoots.com. She has 3 small children and not enough hours in her day. I have no concept what to grow in a cut flower garden and frankly I am too cheap to buy all those seeds. So I made her a batch of red hamburger relish in exchange for loads of seeds. Funny how we both felt like we got the better end of the deal!
Later in February when I make carrot muffins or a big batch of borscht or pull of a jar of raspberry vinegar or sauerkraut it bring me warm fuzzys.
* Technically it’s not really all canning but I needed that word for rhyming purposes.