Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A season of plenty, especially blueberries

The harvest is upon us. Farmer's markets are overflowing and friends and family have more fresh produce than they know what to do with -- and that's where I come in. In the last 2 weeks, I've eaten, given away, or put up large quantities of: 
  • blueberries (14 lbs. of late-harvest organic beauties, plus what I ate while picking them)
  • plums (eaten fresh and made into plum kuchen and no-sugar freezer jam)
  • fresh salmon from British Columbia (froze what I couldn't eat right away)
  • cherry tomatoes (salads, salads, salads!)
  • cucumbers (salads, or marinated in vinegar)
  • zucchini and yellow squash
  • fresh garbanzos in the pod (which I had never seen before)
  • bunches of basil (pesto, yum!)
  • peaches and nectarines
I think my eyes have been bigger than my stomach, fridge, freezer and fruit basket combined. It may be time to take the plunge and finally learn to can. 

In the meantime, I've been freezing blueberries on cookie sheets so they don't all stick together, then transferring them to double-thickness freezer bags. Because there's nothing like a smoothie in December…

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