Gathering season has started. The dehydrator is running almost daily and canning will start next week. This year between the mild winter and drought this summer, we have more wild life than I care for during growing season. The deer ate most of the low hang fruit and nuts, a variety of creatures finished off the hazelnuts, pears, carrots, and beets before they were ready to pick. The birds fought us for cherries and blueberries. We really don’t mind feeding wildlife, but we wish that they would share.
Although we lost a fair amount of fruit and nuts this season, the vegetables out did themselves. We have had several harvest of kale, summer squash, eggplant, tomatoes, green beans, kidney beans, cucumbers and herbs. The pie pumpkins came in early and large, and potatoes came in on schedule. Both are sitting in the utility room seasoning before being moved to winter storage.
For the past week the dehydrator has been working overtime to process various vegetables and herbs for winter soups and stews.
Yesterday I processed a large batch of kale into a dried powder for use in smoothies and soups.
A few of the kale stems were also given to the dogs as treats…for some reason our dogs love veggies.
Apples are also starting to mature, so the first batch of apple cider vinegar has been started in the crock.
Do you grow your own produce? If so, how are your gardens doing and how do you process the harvest?