This year was a blockbuster year for tomatoes in our garden! I would hate to guess how many tomatoes my Mom, my Dad, Cara and I have picked out of the garden. It took forever for them to start turning red, but once they did start, we would pick a half to a full 5-gallon bucket full every other day.I have peeled the skins off many, many tomatoes in the last month. I have canned three big batches of salsa, one batch of tomato juice, and one batch of spaghetti sauce. I have used the onions, green peppers, jalapeno peppers and tomatoes from our garden, except for the one time that I was short on peppers. I traded tomatoes for green and jalapeno peppers that time from a guy that works with Keith. The tomato plants are winding down on producing, but there are still a few left.
Next, our attention will turn to apples. The two apple trees at the farm are loaded with apples ready to be picked. A few branches have already broken due to the weight of all the apples. I am trying to decide what to make with all of them. My Mom and Dad will freeze numerous ready-made apple pies. Cara would like me to make apple butter. I may decide to can applesauce, apple slices and pie filling. We'll see how ambitious I am!