Friday, August 19, 2011

Thinkin' Ahead to Winter

When you’re wearing shorts and flip flops, it’s almost hard to remember winter, let alone plan ahead for it.

But, in order to have food during the winter, action must be taken in the summer. That’s a big part of our work around here. Berries, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Beans, and Peaches are all packed in the freezer, ready for wintertime eating.

The corn finally ripened last week. The best ears were taken to the Market. We spent a lot of time explaining that if you don’t want SPRAY…you will get BUGS. While most folks are okay with this, there were a few that decided “all natural” wasn’t for them. After the struggle to keep it standing, we then began a battle with the grasshoppers, caterpillars and beetles. In some ways, it’s been a difficult corn year.

But, there was still a fair amount of corn that could be picked and processed.

We have frozen corn for our own use for years. Last year, we decided to offer it for sale as well. Our winter sales customers loved it.

So, on Tuesday afternoon, we processed corn for winter.

After picking the corn, we shucked it, cleaned it,

blanched it,
cut it,

and then packaged it in plastic bags.

Now, there are bags and bags….and bags of corn in the freezer.

It is a great comfort to know that our work will provide nourishment all winter.

On to the tomatoes!

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