It was a gorgeous fall week here in Maine. I am so happy that the early frost warnings last month didn't happen because the garden has gone on to produce so much since then. I even expect to harvest another round of peppers as the plants have more fruit that has sized up during our warm week. According to the weather predictions, we may enjoy one more week before nighttime temperatures begin to drop into freeze danger levels. I think that is all the remaining tomatoes need.
It was a busy week preserving in between graphic design projects. The kitchen counter is still lined with ripening tomatoes and several baskets full of partially ripe tomatoes were harvested this week. The fully ripe tomatoes were made into tomato sauce that simmered on the stove during the day as I worked. Once one batch was canned, there were more tomatoes ripe and ready to process. By the end of the week, I put up 17 pints of tomato sauce. We also enjoyed our first meal with tomato sauce from this year's tomatoes. Oh my! I think the amount of Amish Paste in the mix led to a vast improvement of the rich flavor of this years sauce.
We loved the applesauce that was made from the apples picked from our trees last week and wanted more. While I was away from home at an appointment on Tuesday, K and his sister raided the trees and yielded about 15 pounds of apples each. K's sister baked apple delights all week while I turned my batch into 9 pints of applesauce. I can't wait to pick more apples this week.
The final potatoes were dug on Saturday. There are about 20 pounds in this bucket to add to the rest in storage. There was about 5 more pounds that had critter damage that will be trimmed and used this week.
Herbs were clipped and dried. Pictured below is some Thyme:
Be sure to visit Daphne’s Dandelions to see what others are harvesting this week.