Tuesday, October 08, 2013
I have really enjoyed our garden this year. This past week I've eaten a vegetarian diet almost exclusively of food harvested from the garden. Well, now that I stop to think about it, I did have one meal with salmon at a restaurant. Anyway, I have been eating beets, squash, okra, eggplant, peppers, spinach, lettuce, tomatoes, kale, swiss chard, and a few raspberries in various combinations. Last evening I made rhubarb apple popsicles (a Spark Recipe) to snack on (the rhubarb but not the apples are from the garden). Yesterday I harvested a huge butternut squash that weighed 14.6 pounds - that will make a lot of meals and while it may be the largest it is not the only squash out there. I'm also getting some zucchini from a late planting and I'm looking forward to harvesting my popcorn in a few weeks. Our freezer is full of garden produce and the cupboards are full of canned goods. I feel really blessed to have all this healthy, organically grown food to enjoy and to continue enjoying through the winter. This also helps keep me away from more highly processed foods that are full of calories and the work in the garden is good exercise. So I'm just amazed that the garden is still producing so well in October even through its obviously slowing down with cooler weather and I admit it this has been a lot of fun for me. Oh, and I put three quarts of tomatoes in the freezer last night.